PACC Tokelau


PACC Tokelau: Integrated coastal community defense and erosion control, and a safe and abundant water supply in view of climate change risks

The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project is supporting the integration of climate change risks into policy frameworks and the implementation of community-based adaptation measures in 14 countries throughout the Pacific. These actions are intended to increase resilience in three key development sectors: water resource management, coastal zone management, and food production and food security. In Tokelau, a nation made up of three tropical coral atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, the PACC project is working to address coastal zone management and introduce climate-resilience to the water supply.

For more information on the 13 additional participating countries and the Overall PACC Programme, click here.

Project Details

On 29 September 2011, in response to severe water shortages, the Government of Tokelau declared a state of emergency.Following this severe drought, water resource management was flagged as the area of greatest concern to communities in Tokelau. The tropical marine environment of Tokelau is home to approximately 1600 people. The islands’ infrastructure is highly vulnerable to natural disasters such as tidal surges, typhoons, drought and tropical cyclones. The acceleration of sea level rise, prolonged drought periods, and other serious impacts of climate change combine to threaten the coexistence of the entire 12 sq km of land area and its native inhabitants.

Thematic Area: 
Climate-Related Hazards Addressed: 
Level of Intervention: 
Primary Beneficiaries: 
Local communities in Tokelau
Implementing Agencies & Partnering Organizations: 
Government of Tokelau
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Australian Government
Project Status: 
Under Implementation
Funding Source: 
Financing Amount: 
National Budget Allocation: GEF-SCCF: $465,000; AusAID national allocation: $499,775
Co-Financing Total: 
SPC & NZ Ministry of Civil Defense: $192,000

Reports and Publications

Monitoring and Evaluation

The first of the PACC outcomes is devoted to mainstreaming. The PACC approach to mainstreaming has a dual purpose: 1) to strengthen the ability of institutional frameworks, policies and plans to take climate change risks into consideration and 2) to improve the capacity of key national government and community decision-makers to integrate adaptation measures in key decisions.

The second PACC outcome is to design and demonstrate innovative decision systems, approaches, technologies and practical measures to improve climate-resilience.

The third outcome, Technical Support and Communication, is to ensure that results and lessons from the PACC project are shared regionally and globally. The goal is also to bring together new knowledge generated through the project as the basis for a strategic regional approach to climate change adaptation among Pacific Island Countries and Territories.

Key Results

  1. National adaptive capacity developed
  2. Community vulnerability to climate change reduced
  3. Technical assistance & Regional Cooperation


  • 1.1 Technical capacity of key decision makers developed
  • 1.2 Institutional coordination mechanisms established
  • 1.3 Tools to assess economic costs of adaptation developed and utilized
  • 1.4 Legislative and policy directives prepared and adopted


Taito Nakalevu
PACC Regional Project Manager
Marta Moneo
UNDP Environment Programme Officer
Gabor Vereczi
UNDP Regional Technical Advisor