The project “Enhancing Resilience of Coastal Communities of Samoa to Climate Change” (ERCC) financed by the Adaptation Fund (AF) and supported by UNDP is managed by the Government of Samoa through the Planning and Urban Management Agency (PUMA) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE).
Overall, the project will reduce the vulnerability of Samoa’s population and natural environment to climate risks, and enhance the capacity of natural systems and coastal communities to recover from impacts (chronic and acute) associated with climate change and extreme weather events.
The Adaptation Fund (AF) project supported by UNDP intends to strengthen the ability of Samoan communities and the public service to make informed decisions and manage likely climate change driven pressures in a pro-active, integrated and strategic manner. This can be achieved through reduction in vulnerability to adverse impact of climate change; and increase in the adaptive capacity to respond to the impacts of climate change. The programme will support the review of the CIM Strategy to address climate related risks and ridge to reef, ecosystem based approach to adaptation. In addition, it provides resources to review and implement the approved Community Integrated Management (CIM) Plans on the ground as a practical community-based response to adaptation. The programme will enable the necessary technical and financial resources for this to be used in a programmatic manner which when combined with the parallel complementary works undertaken through the CRIP/PPCR project will result in a “whole of country” adaptation response for coastal management at the nationwide scale. The implementation of appropriate responses to include community-based projects will be supported by the programme through site-specific design of adaptation interventions and active community engagement in the process. The AF will be focusing on the review, update and implementation of CIM Plans priorities in the 25 districts not covered by the ECR (PPCR funded project).
The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience has procured full lidar coverage of Samoa, DEM with Bathymetry data at depths down to – 60 meters and topography from 0 meters to the ridges. Contours at 0.5 meters intervals. Furthermore, a full aerial imagery of the country at 0.2 meters has also been captured. The data will be available to experts for hazard mapping especially for inland flooding which is a critical area for consideration.
Duties and Responsibilities
The duties of the Livelihoods specialist will include, but are not limited to:
Required Skills and Experience
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