Climate change is a serious environmental, security and socio-political challenge. Its impact is already visible at community level around the globe particularly the small low lying islands of the Pacific region. Tackling this challenge requires urgent action, with the engagement of local governments and communities needed. Local governments, together with other actors, play an essential role in this regard: creating a vision for the community, developing relevant strategies, implementing effective policies and rolling out actions. They lead citizens, act in an exemplary manner, and improve energy use in services.
CLGF works with the UN-Habitat on the implementation of the Pacific Urban Sector Climate Adaptation (PUSCA) Initiative in PNG, Samoa and Vanuatu. The initiative aims to
promote the integration of urban sector priorities into national and local climate change policies and projects, support the development of city-level climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessments, and identify cost-effective adaptation initiatives that can be implemented by local governments, their associations and partners.