In Tokelau the PACC+ Project is "a dream come true"
If you can imagine a festive season in the Pacific islands without water, then you can definitely understand the relief of a happy family who visited Tokelau over the 2012 festive season, grateful they had running water during their family holiday.
“We were amazed that our water supply lasted the whole holiday and still the water tank was more than half full. I am so thankful for the PACC+ project because without this project we would have continued to face this stressful problem during our holidays” (Mikaele Mavaega Maiava, Tokelauan resident).
PACC+, it’s an acronym that has brought smiles to many faces on those of Tokelau, in full it is known as the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project Plus. It focuses on enhancing the ability of people to deal with the negative impacts of climate change such as prolonged droughts.
On Tokelau, an atoll that has taken the lead in Renewable Energy with their 100% solar energy supply, the PACC+ has worked to improve water access and quality to support an adequate supply of clean water and healthier living through community based actions.
Through the PACC+ project, household water tanks are standardized and additional water tanks have been installed for older homes with insufficient storage. Further to this ‘flush diverters’ have been identified as a solution has been identified to help ensure the available flow of water is healthier and removed of bacteria and sediment.
The success of the PACC+ project is evident especially for those Tokelau communities whom the September 2011 severe water shortage is still a very fresh memory. “My whole family are thankful for the PACC+ project – not only did the project provide our water tank, but they have also installed first flush diverters that improved water quality. PACC+ is one of the best projects that have had immediate positive impacts for the people on the island” (Mikaele Mavaega Maiava).
The PACC+ is the culmination of a successful partnership. Funded by the Australian Government, it builds on the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, started in 2009 with funding from the Special Climate Change Fund by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).The Australian contribution to PACC serves to upscale and complement the community-based pilot projects pursued in 13 participating countries in the Pacific and it enabled Tokelau to join as the 14th country of this regional initiative. PACC is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and designated government authorities in each country.
Tokelau consists of three coral atolls in the middle of the South Pacific; Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo, the PACC+ Project in Tokelau is from 2011 to 2014 and consists of a budget just over USD 500,000.
The overall aims of the project are to provide successful actions that will address their water shortage and water sanitation issues. It is also helping to mainstream climate change in Tokelau national policy and build capacity for Tokelau through training of climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning.
Read more about the PACC Tokelau project here.