National adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) provide a process for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change – those for which further delay would increase vulnerability and/or costs at a later stage. The following summarizes the NAPA for Samoa. The objective of the proposed NAPA project for Samoa is to develop a country-wide programme of immediate and urgent project-based adaptation activities that address the current and anticipated adverse effects of climate change, including extreme events.
Climate Related Hazards
* Flooding (flash) * Coastal zone inundation * Drought and low flows * Storm surge * Cyclones * Deforestation * Forest fires * Human resettlement * Sand mining
Main Human Vulnerabilities and Livelihood Impacts
* Reduced agricultural production * Water shortage and/or groundwater depletion * Increased disease and/or other health problems * Loss of biodiversity * Loss of land or degradation * Damage to community assets
Priority Adaptation Projects
1. Securing community water resources 2. Reforestation, rehabilitation & community forest fire prevention 3. Climate health cooperation program 4. Climate early warning system 5. Agriculture & food security sustainability 6. Zoning & strategic management planning 7. Implement coastal infrastructure management plans for highly vulnerable district 8. Establish conservation programs in highly vulnerable marine & terrestrial areas of communities 9. Sustainable tourism adaptation