Enabling access to clean energy

05 July 2012 | Project description

Through this project, IUCN Oceania will assist six countries in the Pacific providing support in the development and implementation of environmentally sustainable energy policies and a number of renewable energy and energy efficiency pilot projects focusing on ecosystem conservation and livelihood enhancement. 

 

Managing the Ecosystem and Livelihood Implications of Energy Policies in the Pacific Island States (or Pacific SIDS EESLI) Project

BACKGROUND
In the Pacific Islands, energy plays a critical role in almost every activity, and the growing requirements for energy are resulting in significant impacts on biodiversity. Energy supply systems both depend on and influence ecosystems. Ecosystems, such as watersheds and forests, are critical for the provisioning of energy services such as water flows for hydro-electricity and biomass for bioenergy. However, current energy production can also cause species and habitat loss along the entire energy cycle from exploration to production and distribution to final use. The very biodiversity that provides energy services is under threat by the growing demand for energy.

SITUATION
In the Pacific Islands region, as in many small island developing states, the options to meet energy demands are rapidly expanding to include renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydro and geothermal energy while recognizing that traditional sources such as gas and oil cannot be completely eliminated in the near future. No one energy source is completely biodiversity-neutral and energy choices will need to be made with a full understanding of the trade-offs involved.

THE PROJECT
Through this project, IUCN Oceania will assist six countries in the Pacific providing support in the development and implementation of environmentally sustainable energy policies and a number of renewable energy and energy efficiency pilot projects focusing on ecosystem conservation and livelihood enhancement. These will be achieved through: installation of renewable energy pilot projects; provision of management tools for the projects and assistance in the development of sustainable energy policies; and networking with Small Island States in the Pacific and globally to share lessons learned, skills, and technology.

The six country activities are:

Marshall Islands Efficient and renewable public lighting for urban centres
Palau  Energy Efficiency Home Loan Program
Samoa Energy Efficiency in the land transport sector 
Tonga Solar home system rehabilitation in outer islands
Tuvalu  Photovoltaic electricity network integration 
Vanuatu  Construction of hydro dam on Maewo Island, wind monitoring and installation of solar systems in schools and health centres on the islands of Santo and Malekula.

Learn more about the above projects here

OBJECTIVES
Enable Pacific Island countries to accelerate their transition to renewable energy and energy efficiency systems that are ecologically efficient, sustainable, and socially equitable.

DURATION
Phase I: 3 years (2008 - 2011)
Phase II: 3 years (2012 - 2014)

DONOR

  • Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS), Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Austrian Development Cooperation


MORE INFORMATION
Contact person for the project is Anare Matakiviti, anare.matakiviti@iucn.org