The Kiribati Adaptation Program – Phase III (KAPIII) is the US$10.8 million Expansion phase of the program, which will run from 2012 to 2016.
KAPIII seeks to strengthen Kiribati’s ability to provide people with safe water and maintain resilient coastal infrastructure. It extends on the achievements of KAPI and KAPII, which piloted a number of critical adaptation measures such as mangrove planting, construction of sea walls and rainwater harvesting.
KAPIII aims to:
• Improve water use and management via the installation of groundwater, roof rainwater harvesting systems, reducing water leakages and waste in existing systems, protecting water reserves, and improving long- term planning for local-level water management ensure cleaner, safer drinking water
• Protect against coastal erosion by investing in protection such as seawalls and mangrove planting at priority sites
• Strengthen government and community capacity to manage the effects of climate change and natural hazards by supporting the development and adoption of a national Coastal Management Policy as well as the development and implementation of locally managed Adaptation Plans
• Support and assist the Government in managing, monitoring and evaluating the Program
Part of KAPIII will build skills within communities to manage the effects of climate change and natural hazards by supporting education programs, facilitating the preparation and implementation of locally managed adaptation plans, strengthening institutions and building and maintain stronger infrastructure.
KAPIII supports the Kiribati Government’s National Adaptation Program of Action and the Kiribati Development Plan, which identify improved management of water resources and strengthened coastal resilience as national priorities.