Nature (and people!)-based solutions

Highlights:

  • The contrasted nature of the RESCCUE activities and their - sometimes not so obvious - link to climate change required a clarification of the project approach, which is based on vulnerability reduction and “adaptation-relevant” activities implementation.
  • This approach has been validated by the usefulness of what has been achieved. The tools deployed to define and assess the project's contribution to adaptation have met with mixed success.
  • The project never had to choose, in practice, between nature-based solutions (NbS) and "hard" solutions. In the particular context of the project's pilot sites, the social process that is at the heart of NbS implementation seems to clearly outweigh a more technical approach, to the point where NbS can be requalified for nature- and people-based solutions.
  • The project contributed to two international initiatives on oceans and climate change. Three scientific articles were published: one by Science prior to COP21 on contrasted futures for ocean and society, another one by Nature Climate Change on the implications of the Paris agreement for the ocean, and a last one in Frontiers in Marine Science on ocean solutions.
  • The low use of climate science in RESCCUE raises important questions that can only be addressed through enhanced collaboration between development and scientific stakeholders.

A synthesis summarizes how climate change was addressed in RESCCUE.

Coral reef in Vatu-i-Ra, Fidji
Coral reef in Vatu-i-Ra, Fidji
Restoring mangroves in Kadavu, Fidji
Restoring mangroves in Kadavu, Fidji
Publications
Bilan du projet RESCCUE en province Nord de Nouvelle-Calédonie
La zone côtière Nord-Est de Nouvelle-Calédonie à l’épreuve du changement climatique
Etat initial du site pilote de la zone côtière Nord-Est, Province Nord, Nouvelle-Calédonie
Impacts du changement climatique sur le site pilote de la zone côtière Nord-Est, Province Nord, Nouvelle-Calédonie
Rapport final de mise en œuvre du projet RESCCUE en province Sud de Nouvelle-Caledonie
Le Grand Sud calédonien à l’épreuve du changement climatique
Impacts du changement climatique sur le site pilote du Grand Sud, Province-Sud, Nouvelle-Calédonie
Etat initial du site pilote du Grand Sud, Province-Sud, Nouvelle-Calédonie
Final project report: Ra and Kadavu provinces, Fiji
Climate change impacts in Ra and Kadavu Provinces, Fiji
Initial Diagnosis of the Kadavu Province, Fiji
Initial diagnosis of the Ra Province pilot site, Fiji
Final project report : North Efate, Vanuatu
Climate change impacts in North Efate, Vanuatu
Initial Diagnosis of the North Efate pilot site, Vanuatu
Rapport final du projet RESCCUE en Polynesie française
Vulnérabilité des sites pilotes des Gambier et de Mooréa aux effets du changement climatique
Etat initial de la baie de ’Opunohu - Ile de Mooréa - Polynésie française
Etat initial du site pilote de Mangareva - Archipel des gambier - Polynésie française
The RESCCUE A pproach
Climate change in the RESCCUE project