Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific
Responsible for Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu as well as the three Overseas Countries and Territories in the Pacific.

EU - North Pacific readiness for El Niño project

20/06/2018 - 15:50
Environment and Climate Action

Several problems that the Federated States of Micronesia face will be supported with through a series of activities focused around enhancing drought readiness.

Between February and March 2016 each of the four states of FSM declared a State of Emergency due to the El Niño which is affecting the entire population of 102,360 people. In the 60+ populated outer islands, which are extremely remote, around 30,000 people (29% of the total population) are facing severe water shortages, agricultural losses and health impacts. Residents of the outer islands depend for the most part on subsistence agriculture which was only just beginning to recover from severe Typhoon Maysak (April 2015) when the drought began. Underground water lenses (the only water sources in most outer islands in the absence of rainfall) are experiencing saline intrusions resulting in health impacts for men, women and especially children.

Several problems that the country faces will be supported with through a series of activities focused around enhancing drought readiness. The activities are:

  • a review and update of drought readiness plans and their supporting legislation;
  • behavioural change activities in collaboration with civil society groups, focusing on water conservation and making drought readiness an ongoing activity;
  • expansion of existing project investigations into the yield of underground water lenses; and
  • design and implementation of specific low cost, low maintenance measures to improve the supply and quality of water resources especially in populated outer islands, that build on the existing project’s activities and also include the private sector.


Total Cost (EUR): 1 800 000

EU contracted amount (EUR): 1 800 000

Duration: July 2017 - July 2020

Implementing organisation: Pacific Community (SPC)

Funding Instrument: European Development Fund (EDF)

Benefitting zone: FSM - Federated States of Micronesia