Fiji GCF Readiness Programme

Beach and coast, Waya Island, Yasawa group, Fiji, South Pacific islands, Pacific. Credit: Julia Bayne

Country Background

The adverse effects of climate change and rising sea levels present significant risks to the sustainable development of Fiji, a Small Island Developing State. Climate change impacts are cross-cutting; for example, increased cyclones can damage infrastructure and disrupt energy supplies that support critical sectors such as urban development.

In response, Fiji has developed strategies to guide the identification of mitigation and adaptation activities in the National Climate Change Policy, in place since 2012, that both reduce emissions and increase resilience.  Fiji is implementing adaptation projects in key sectors including agriculture, tourism, fisheries, forests and urban development; and is working to enhance the capacity of local communities to adapt to climate change, including climate variability in food production and food security, coastal erosion, sea level rise and damage to coastal infrastructure and water resource management.  The country is also working to reduce its emissions through increasing the energy efficiency of the transport sector, and through sustainable rural electrification initiatives. 

Overview of the National Readiness Plan

The GCF Readiness Programme is working with the Government of Fiji to achieve the following outputs, in order to better prepare to access and manage climate finance:

  • Strengthened institutional capacity of national entities, with a focus on enabling direct access.
  • Increased coordination among stakeholders and institutions of national and sub-national entities to manage and deliver climate finance.
  • Enhanced capability to identify, prioritize, and develop bankable climate change programmes and projects.
  • Establish systems to attract private sector resources towards climate change goals.

In implementing these activities, the Programme works closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Climate Change Division and the Fiji Development Bank, as well as other public and private sector stakeholders.