Climate change adaptation
Australia & Pacific
Charlotte L. Sterett
Climate change is a growing threat to Vanuatu; its location on the Ring of Fire and cyclone belt subjects it to a wide range of geological and hydro-meteorological hazards. Geological hazards include earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides. Hydro-meteorological hazards include cyclones, floods and droughts, and are indicative of Vanuatu’s already highly variable climate. The goal of the program was to increase the resilience of women, men and young people in Vanuatu to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. The program was implemented in 39 communities in 12 islands across four provinces in Vanuatu. The evaluation was supported through the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
The evaluation methodology was participatory and employed a mixed-methods approach to data collection including triangulating qualitative and quantitative data from key stakeholders. The approach included desktop analysis of key project documents, focus group discussions, key informant interviews, personal testimonies, and observation of project sites. The evaluation approach was gender- and culturally-sensitive, and participatory. This included disaggregation of the views of women, men, young women, young men and people with disability both in consultation and in data analysis, and the use of female evaluation team members to speak with female community members.
As a result of the program, community members (women, men, girls, boys and People with a Disability) now have more knowledge of weather, climate variability, climate change, and climate change adaptation options through awareness raising, training and workshops conducted by consortium partners. The program has been a significant driver of not only increasing knowledge of climate change, but making this knowledge widely available. The program has made a conscious decision to work in remote parts of the country, it has increased the access of vulnerable populations to support, information and action on climate change.