Kiribati Adaptation Program – Phase III

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.

World Water Day 2013 will be celebrated in Kiribati on  Monday 25 March at Bairiki Square

Celebrate World Water Day with a splash

Live performances, quizzes, children’s games and handy how-to demonstrations are all part of this year’s World Water Day 2013 celebrations.

Part of the main road on South Tarawa.

Australia to give $15 million for road

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr visits Kiribati, announces $15 million in funding from Australia for road project.

The vandalised transformer in August, 2012, before the new parts arrived.

Tarawa water reserve back online

South Tarawa’s ground water supply has increased by approximately 20 per cent, providing vital fresh water to the community.


Kiribati Adaptation Program - Phase III Project Manager Kautuna Kaitara

Why Tarawa needs water reserves

Q&A on the importance of water reserves in South Tarawa with Kiribati Adaptation Program – Phase III Project Manager Kautuna Kaitara.

Students perform at the Abaunamou Pri-School Climate Change Skit Competition. Photo: KAPIII

Agents of change perform

More than 600 students performed all in the name of climate change education.

President Anote Tong helps plant mangroves in a KAPII initiative to protect our coastlines.

Kiribati Adaptation Program (KAP)

Providing safe water and resilient coastal infrastructure to the people of Kiribati in the face of climate change.


The construction team celebrate the success of the rainwater harvesting works completed on Banaba Island.

Water success for Banaba Island

Kiribati Adaptation Program’s Rainwater Harvesting Works on Banaba Island, the island with the least amount of natural water sources in the country, has been a success.

Japan-Ambassador

Q&A with Japan Ambassador

Ambassador of Japan to Fiji and Kiribati takes time out of his busy visit to Tarawa to talk to KAPIII about climate change.

The atolls and islands of Kiribati are not more than a few meters above sea level. Photo: Finn Frandsen, Politiken

Seawalls to protect Kiribati shorelines

Four key locations in South Tarawa are being protected by new Kiribati Adaptation Program – Phase II seawall constructions.