Project Reference Profiles – Kiribati(KI1) Kiribati – Green and Climate Resilient Island Development

At a Glance

Strategic Outcomes SO2, SO6
Start Date Q1  Jan 1 2017
End Date q1 Dec 31 2019
Funding Source Core
Actual Budget (USD) 8,355
Budget Percentage 104%
Actual Expenditure (USD) 8,655
Status Active
GGGI Share (USD) 8355
Poverty and Gender Policy Markers poverty, gender
Name of Client (Lead/Prime implementer if GGGI is part of a consortium) Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
Participating Organization (Funding/donor)
Name of consortium members, if any

Project context, objectives and description

The Government of Kiribati (GoK) adopted a Whole-of Island-Approach (WOIA) for outer islands, in an effort to reduce the extreme vulnerability of outer island livelihoods to climate change impacts. The approach aims to improve climate-resilient capacities of island communities and to address challenges in terms of the lack of basic infrastructure, services, and employment opportunities.  GGGI will support the WOIA and work with the GoK to i.) Identify sustainable micro-scale income generation opportunities ii.) Improve availability and access to green infrastructure services for the achievement of development objectives iii.) Share knowledge on integrated planning approaches and exchange of experiences between small islands on climate change adaptation and green growth. 

The project objective is to support the development of climate resilient and secure livelihoods in Kiribati and its outer islands through support to green micro-businesses and improved climate resilient infrastructure. GGGI’s role will be to identify areas of potential green job development and climate change adaptation and to provide capacity building to government officials to be able to do the same. 

There is limited climate resilient and green infrastructure on the islands of Kiribati. Many islands have limited access to electricity, water and sanitation services and other enabling infrastructure. There are few infrastructure projects that target services for micro-businesses. This project will undertake economic analysis of the options for developing livelihood opportunities and develop concept notes for government approval to develop a pipeline of future climate resilient projects to support micro-businesses. 

Type of services provided, and results achieved

ImpactMore climate change resilient, diversified, and secure livelihoods through support to green micro-businesses and improved, climate change resilient infrastructure services. 

Outcome: N/A 

Project Outputs completed in 2019: 

i. Green Growth Policies:N/A

ii. Green Investments:N/A

iii. Capacity Building and Knowledge Products:  

  • One knowledge product: A cost benefit analysis was published. In the document, three options to improve domestic trade in root crops for the development of green jobs (SO2) was developed. These include potential investments in infrastructure, transportation, and small-scale industry. The conclusions presented here will inform and support best options for investment in domestic agriculture and tr

Number of staff provided

Project Manager: Katerina Syngellakis 

Daniel Munoz-Smith, Norma Rivera, Rosi Banuve 


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