Implementation of climate change adaptation pilot projects in the Indo-Pacific

Mr Dan Rodger1, William Prentice1, Dr Andrew Small2, Kristin Keane2

1Jbpacific, Brisbane, Australia

2Environment Pacific, Melbourne, Victoria


The effects of ongoing natural disasters, population growth, reducing food and water security, and climate change are beginning to be observed throughout the Asia-Pacific region. These now represent a major threat to the livelihoods of coastal villages. Where Australia has moved into a planning phase, with state governments undertaking new Coastal Hazards Adaptation Strategies and Coastal Management Programmes, across the Pacific, at-risk countries are moving into an implementation phase to test pilot projects aimed at increasing coastal resilience. This presentation reviews the coastal resilience and climate change pilot study being undertaken in the Karama community, Papua New Guinea, as part of the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA+). It is being delivered by an international team, lead through Australia, and includes the use of ecosystem-based shoreline protection, approaches to increase food and water security, and a new disaster management framework.


Dan is a Director at JBPacific who specialises in building community resilience to natural disasters. He has 14 years’ international experience in coastal and estuarine processes, working with organisations including The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and The Pacific Community. He is a committee member of the Engineers Australia Queensland Water Panel, and a member of the Griffith University Internal Reference Group.