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The Kiwa Initiative


The Kiwa Initiative is a multi-donor program of nearly 41 million euros that aims to strengthen the climate change resilience of Pacific Island ecosystems, communities and economies through Nature-Based Solutions (NbS). This is achieved through protecting, sustainably managing and restoring biodiversity.

Kiwa Initiative
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The Kiwa Initiative aims to strengthen the resilience of Pacific countries and territories’ ecosystems, economies and communities by setting up a dedicated one-stop shop for funding projects that promote nature-based solutions (NBSs). NBS are defined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as “actions to protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively.” The Initiative helps build both, local and national capacity, promotes approaches that are sensitive to social vulnerability and gender inequality and foster dialogue amongst donors, regional organisations and countries and territories to improve development aid coordination.

The beneficiaries are national and local authorities, regional organisations, locally based and international non-governmental organisations and government-owned corporations.

Three main areas of support include:

  1. A one-stop shop for regional projects of over EUR 1.5 million managed by the Kiwa Initiative Secretariat.
  2. A technical assistance programme delivered by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
  3. Calls for projects managed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for:
  • very small grants (EUR 25,000 to 50,000),
  • small grants (EUR 50,000 to 100,000) and
  • medium-sized grants (EUR 100,000 to EUR 400,000).


Pacific Region
EU Contribution: EUR 13.9 million
Other donors: France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
Agence Française de Développement (AFD)