Coastal Vulnerability & Adaptation Assessment Process. Pasha Carruthers, Cook Islands National Environment Service Jakarta, Indonesia, March 20 th , 200 6. Cook Islands Experiences & Challenges. Cook Islands. Island micro-state Latitude 9-22°S Longitude 157-166°W
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Cook Islands National Environment Service
Jakarta, Indonesia, March 20th , 2006
Cook Islands Experiences & Challenges
Flood Plain Agriculture
needed to produce “The Initial National Communication”
PICCAP - Pacific Islands Climate Change Assistance Programme: 1997-2001
Implemented by SPREP (South Pacific Regional Environment Programme)
Assist countries to meet their obligations under the Convention
Provided technical assistance, training, capacity buildingBackground
Instead focused on:
Where is my island?
Only for one island
Not visually significant for decision makers
Population & Socio-economic info missing
Coastal Zones - erosion
Exposure of infrastructure and housing to storm surge. Rarotonga - Coconut trees frequently falling over, rock walls, groynes etc
Tongareva - Exposed coral heads sensitive to temperature increases
The narrow width of the islands means saltwater intrusion is always a threat to shallow wells such as these. Drought reduces the fresh water level, and risks contamination.
Housing located on makatea ridge
Coral is porous
Storm surges increase swamp salinity – anecdotal – no baseline
Taro Root Crops Suffer
-source of nutrition
Recognising the urgency of these assessments, the time constraints (3 years) in which we have to produce the second national communications, one role for us is to ensure the V&A produces better information and baselines for now and the future so we are further ahead for precautionary approaches.
Levels to Cook Islands V&A Assessments
Baseline Data Available
of Climate Change
Suitable Adaptation Options
Local Decision Makers
Public Awareness of Climate Issues