Increasing Resilience to Climate Change and Natural Hazards (IRCCNH)

The IRCCNH program aimed to improve resilience to climate change to smallholders and rural communities in Vanuatu, particularly in regards to food and water and livelihoods security. The program looks at institutional strengthening in both climate change aspects and disaster management, community resilience measures in volcanic and coastal areas, climate resilient food crop production technologies and rural water security. Post cyclone PAM led to a program alignment to respond to relief and recovery operations, within the overarching policy framework of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change.

The program works with the Ministry of Local Government, sectoral Ministries, a consortium of civil society networks and NGO’s, decentralized technical service operators and national operators. IRCCNH intervenes through activities such as:

  •  agriculture and land management: improved agricultural techniques, soil protection, soil restoration, erosion control;
  • conservation and restoration of natural resources: forest conservation management and development, marine conservation area management, mangrove restoration;
  • water security: management and conservation of springs, rainwater catchment, storage tanks, wells;
  •  disaster risk management and mitigation: shelter construction, building strengthening, habitat, livelihoods, and emergency plans.

From May 2015 to June 2016 RMI provided technical assistance by developing the program terms of reference (TOR) and providing support to Civil Society Organisations and NGOs on facilitation of selected communities and implementation of micro-projects. Within this RMI looked at community facilitation services of village-driven demand, needs assessments and engagement strategies, community consultation process methodology reviews, consultation monitoring, reviewing extensions of intervention areas, programming for next phase for micro-projects selection and implementation.