© Bem Namakin / WWF-SPPO
Time is running out for low-lying islands in the South Pacific.

Although the South Pacific Islands collectively emit far below 1% of total global greenhouse gases responsible for climate change, the region and its island countries remain among the most vulnerable in the world to its negative impacts.

These include temperature variability, storm surges, sea level rise, changes in rainfall patterns and coral bleaching, all of which threaten biodiversity and ecosystem services thus affecting food and water supply, livelihoods and the wellbeing of coastal communities across the region.

Additionally, due to the predominant developing nature of many of Pacific Island countries, few have the independent capacity to effectively address the issue of global mitigation through international negotiations or undertaking large scale in-country adaptation measures.

Our Climate Change programme aims to reduce the impact of climate change through awareness and education, adaptation projects, advocacy, and capacity building.

Our current projects include:

© Kaburee Yeeting
Serious storm surges have led to the collapse of the Dai Nippon causeway, Kiribati. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), storm surges will increase as the global temperature rises.
© Kaburee Yeeting

Facts & Figures

    • The US and China are the largest emittors of greenhouse gases.
    • Catastrophic climate change may yet be avoided if global average temperatures rise by less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
    • The world has already warmed 0.74°C over the past 100 years.
    • The 10 hottest years on record have occurred since 1990.
    • Arctic sea ice has declined to the lowest levels on record.
    • WWF estimates 2/3 of the world’s polar bear population will be gone by 2050.