This research will analyze the progress that Polynesian states have made towards integrating climate change and development priorities and examine the gains and tradeoffs yielded from such efforts. In climate change mitigation, this will include exploring the incongruence of global and localized priorities. In adaptation, the research will focus on the blurred lines between adaptation and development by clearly defining differences between the two and comparing instances where they have been implemented in parallel approaches and where they have been integrated, e.g. the results yielded from the construction of seawalls vs. coastal mangroves, adaptation opportunities in economic growth sectors such tourism, agriculture, etc. This research will involve an institutional ethnography approach, analyzing attitudes and perspectives from the bottom-up (government stakeholders, in-country NGOs, in-country UNDP personnel) and the top-down (GCF Board decisions, regional GCF focal points, trends in funding decisions, etc.). This includes gauging the knowledge and engagement of government and civil society in mitigation, adaptation, and whether they perceive clear delineation between climate change and development, particularly in light of the prominent role that development institutions such as the UNDP play in facilitating and carrying out climate change measures.
This research is being conducted in parallel with an internship at UNDP supporting the development of GCF proposals for Samoa and Nuie.
Project Lead: Kelly Sims Gallagher
Research Assistant: Matt Arnold
Hewlett Foundation, Darrel Climate Results Fund