Kiribati Adaptation Program

The Kiribati Adaptation Program (KAP) aims to reduce Kiribati’s vulnerability to climate change, climate variability and sea level rise by raising awareness of climate change, assessing and protecting available water resources and managing inundation.

KAP is a project of the Office of the President, Government of Kiribati and consists of three phases, running from 2003 to 2016:

Phase I: Preparation (2003-2005)

Phase II : Pilot implementation (2006-2011)

Phase III: Expansion (2012-2016)

Initiatives include improving water supply management; coastal management protection measures such as mangrove re-plantation and protection of public infrastructure; strengthening laws to reduce coastal erosion; and population settlement planning to reduce personal risks.

KAP III is financed through grants via the World Bank from Government of Australia; the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF); Japan Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD); Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR); and in-kind contribution from the Government of Kiribati.

For more information on KAP, please visit our Information Library

The Tamana Pump. Photo by: Carlo Iocovino

Water supply in Kiribati: Local solution

Now known across Kiribati and internationally as the ‘Tamana Pump’, Hon. Waysang Kumkee said that a munaul pump, or gravity feed system, is the best long term solution. The design has helped thousands of communities in the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati.

Kiribati people depend on potable well water, this supply has been affected by climate change

Kiribati to Celebrate World Water Day

Kiribati will be celebrating World Water Day on Monday 24 March 2014. This year’s theme is ‘Water and Climate Change’.

Fiji President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau inspects the guard of honor

Fiji President Visits Kiribati

Fiji President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau on a State visit to Kiribati on Sunday 9 February was accorded a full guard of honor and was given a traditional welcome ceremony.


Mr Riibeta Abeta

I-Kiribati first international publication on climate change

Mr Riibeta Abeta becomes the first I-Kiribati single author on climate change.

Kiribati Road Rehabilitation Project ground breaking in Eita

Kiribati Road Rehabilitation Project underway

The Kiribati Road Rehabilitation Project will provide more than 40 per cent of the population with better access to health clinics, schools and markets as well as assist the Government and the people of Kiribati in many other ways.

New Zealand Army Staff Sgt. Nick Bunker collects a water sample during a Pacific Partnership 2013 water quality assessment. Photo:  2nd Class Tim D Godbee, US Navy.

More water tests for Tarawa

Water from a number of rainwater catchment systems is being tested by environmental health specialists from the New Zealand Army on South Tarawa.


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Cultural identity theme to 34th Independence

The 34th Independence Anniversary will feature an exciting and action-packed week of events and celebrations in support of this year’s theme, ‘maintain cultural identity in development’.

His Excellency President Anote Tong

Climate change a ‘whole nation approach’

President Tong spoke with Nic Maclellan from Islands Business about global warming, climate migration, the Pacific Islands Forum and Kiribati’s role in regional fisheries negotiations in a recent trip to Australia.

His Excellency Anote Tong takes the stage in front before the other panelists, and the nation.

Wet weather fails to dampen public hearing spirits

Morning rain did not dampen the mood at Kiribati’s first-ever National High-Level Public Hearing on Climate Change at the nation’s capital on Friday.


Sunset in Tarawa.

Government and SPC talk joint strategies

A small team from the Government of Kiribati and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have been working hard to develop a new joint country strategy (JCS) between SPC and the Government of Kiribati.