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SPREP Analyzes Ecosystem-based Adaptation Options in Fiji

SPREPMarch 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released a report titled “An economic analysis of ecosystem-based adaptation and engineering options for climate change adaptation in Lami Town, Fiji.” Building on a vulnerability and adaptation assessment of Lami Town, the report presents a cost-benefit analysis of four adaptation scenarios.

The report was produced as an inter-agency collaboration among the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), SPREP, Conservation International, UN-Habitat, the Lami Town Council, and the Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. It lists the adaptation options available to Lami town, namely: planting mangroves; replanting stream buffer; monitoring and enforcement; reducing of upland logging; reducing coral extraction; rebuilding sea walls; reinforcing rivers; and increasing drainage.

The report draws on the adaptation options to build four adaptation scenarios, ranging from ecosystem-based to engineering-based, to reduce vulnerability to storms, Lami Town's principal vulnerability concern. The report concludes that the highest benefit-cost ratio is for ecosystem-based options, with FJ$19.50 benefit for every dollar spent. [Publication: An Economic Analysis of Ecosystem-Based Adaptation and Engineering Options for Climate Change Adaptation in Lami Town, Fiji] [Synthesis Report]