Project Coordinator: Alamoana Tofuola
Finance Assistance: Betty Fousaga
The Managing Water Scarcity through Strengthened Water Resources Management project responds
to MFAT’s Water Security Strategic Approach to address the climate change-related water security
challenges faced by Pacific Island Countries. The Project is being implemented by the Pacific
Community (SPC) over the three-year period from July 2020 to June 2023, and.
builds upon the achievements, learnings, and enabling environments established through the MFAT-
funded Strengthening Water Security of Vulnerable Island States (SWSVIS) project. This Project
was also implemented by SPC and from 2015 to 2019 supported a range of activities to strengthen
the availability, reliability and quality of drinking water in vulnerable and isolated communities in
the Cook Islands, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Tokelau and Tuvalu. The SWSVIS project worked
across multiple sectors within the participating countries to help develop and implement a suite of
practical measures and tools that strengthened local capacity to anticipate, prepare for and respond
to the impacts of drought. The new Water Scarcity Project represents a significant scaling up and
refocusing of the activities implemented under the SWSVIS project. It aims to provide support to
specific water-scarce communities to actively manage resources to improve resilience, in order that:
• Communities have the infrastructure and capability required to access, collect and store water.
• Communities understand, protect and maintain water resources and infrastructure; and
• Communities are sustainably using water resources and managing risk.
Implementation of the Project is now commencing in each of the five atoll nations of the Cook Is-
lands, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Tokelau and Tuvalu.