Capacity development to address risks in coastal zones



As a result of climate change, sea level rise and increased storm activity are already impacting low-lying coastal states in the Pacific. As such, the Pacific Island communities have been identified as amongst the most vulnerable communities in the world. A thorough understanding of the impacts and risks associated with sea level rise is required to build resilience and maintain sustainable livelihoods in these communities. There is a need to enhance the capacity of some of the most vulnerable islands in the region - Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Kiribati - in terms of technical support and training for personnel to collate available data and information, develop standardised metadata for bathymetric and coastal surveys and integrate these data into products (standardised bathymetric grids and digital elevation grids) with appropriate quality control.

Requested CTCN Response

  • Technical support to assemble and catalogue all the available coastal terrain and bathymetric data
  • Training in data processing to produce terrain models
  • Training in the development and interpretation of wave inundation models 
  • Development of linkages and pathways to use these products in risk assessments related to climate change 
  • Development of best practice guidelines for the supply of data 

Key Technologies Addressed

Expected Results

  • Increased capacity in the countries to utilise the existing bathymetric information
  • Integrated climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • Improved education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning 
  • Promotion of mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and Small Island Developing States
  • Strengthened resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters


Date of submission
Geographical scope
Regional multi-country
Marshall Islands
Solomon Islands
Budget range
Coastal zones

Project details

Cross-sectoral enabler
Governance and planning
Disaster risk reduction
Final type of assistance
Decision-making tools and/or information provision
Request NDE
Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology
Office of Environmental Policy and Planning Coordination
Office of the President
Palau Automated Land and Resource Information System Office, Ministry of Finance
This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals