Initiative details

Pacific Initiative for Biodiversity, Climate Change and Resilience (Kiwa Initiative)

  • Canada’s Total Climate Finance Contribution: $3,600,000 CAD
    • 2020 to 2021: $2,400,000 CAD
    • 2019 to 2020: $1,200,000 CAD

Targeted Regions:

  • Oceania

Funding Period: 2019 to 2020, 2020 to 2021

Financial Instrument: Grant

Type of Support: Adaptation

Delivery Channel:


Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to their proximity to the ocean and their reliance on it for resources and transportation. The well-being and subsistence of the Pacific island populations, in particular their poorest who are heavily dependent on land and marine biodiversity, are severely impacted.

The overall objective of the Pacific Initiative for Biodiversity, Climate Change and Resilience (Kiwa initiative) is to make pacific island ecosystems, economies and communities, particularly indigenous women, more resilient to the impacts of climate change, by achieving three outcomes:
1) Strengthened capacities of local and national authorities and civil society organizations to design and implement small to large-scale biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation projects;
2) Strengthened ability for biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation at local, national and regional levels through granting/funding facilities; and
3) Improved regional cooperation between donors, regional agencies and national authorities on rights-based gender-sensitive biodiversity and climate change adaptation projects. Canada is a principal contributing donor to the Kiwa Initiative.

This is a multi-donor initiative supported by other partners including France, EU, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Results/Expected Outcomes

The project was launched in April 2020. Activities during the first year of implementation were focused on setting up the Kiwa initiative secretariat and governance structure as well as launching calls for proposals for the benefit of regional, national and local stakeholders.
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