Building Climate Resilience with Small Island Nations
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Small island nations are on the frontline of the devastating impacts of climate change. With nearly a third of the population living on land less than 5m above sea level, they are vulnerable to the threat of rising sea levels, degrading their coastlines, their communities, and their livelihoods.
IPP CommonSensing is an ambitious project to use satellite remote sensing capabilities to support the Governments of Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu in their efforts to build resilience to the devastating impacts of climate change and improve access to climate finance.
The Solomon Islands are expected to incur, on average, 20.5 million USD per year in losses due to earthquakes and tropical cyclones. In the next 50 years, the Solomon Islands have a 50% chance of experiencing a loss exceeding 240 million USD. (Source: PCRAFI)
Vanuatu is expected to incur, on average, 48 million USD per year in losses due to earthquakes and tropical cyclones. In the next 50 years, Vanuatu has a 50% chance of experiencing a loss exceeding 330 million USD. (Source: PCRAFI)
Fiji is expected to incur, on average, 79 million USD per year in losses due to earthquakes and tropical cyclones. In the next 50 years, Fiji has a 50% chance of experiencing a loss exceeding 750 million USD. (Source: PCRAFI)
Our ambition is that the new service will support the three nations to set new standards for requesting and reporting on climate funds, to strengthen their national and regional climate action policy and to reduce the impact and improved risk management of natural disasters.
To achieve this the project will ensure that training is delivered to build capacity in-country to translate the data into actionable intelligence for policy-making and action on the ground. CommonSensing will embed specialists within the government structures to ensure national and local knowledge and systems are matched with the added capabilities from CommonSensing.
We are supporting access to vital climate funding through strengthening institutional and technical capacity within governments.
We are using satellite-derived imagery and elevation models to develop tools that will highlight risk areas for climate-driven hazards.
We are developing computational simulations on satellite remote sensing data and other relevant data sources to provide insight on the robustness of food production systems.
New satellite data sources will be used to address existing gaps and strengthen existing platforms.
Solutions and Data
The below information describes how IPP CommonSensing will deliver satellite data and geospatial solutions to the nations by explaining the challenges and procedures required before satellite data can be analysed and accessed by geospatial experts, governments, and policy advisors.