North Pacific Readiness for El Niño Project

PDF version



Following the declarations of emergency by the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and the Republic of Palau (Palau) at the beginning of 2016, and by other affected countries around the world, the European Union (EU) responded with a “Pro-Resilience – Special Measure” to assist the affected populations.  The EU – North Pacific – Readiness for El Niño (RENI) project is one component of this Special Measure, which was signed on 3 November 2016.



The RENI project is about communities working to secure food and water resources ahead of drought. 
The project is funded with € 4.5 million by the European Union and implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the governments and peoples of FSM, RMI and Palau. 
Implementation peroid The implementation period for the RENI project is from the date of signature of the agreement, 6 July 2017, to 30 October 2020.


Key outputs

• Uptake of key individual and community behaviours that support El Niño resilience

• Local area structural measures implemented to support El Niño resilience building in water and food security and paying special attention to the rights of women and vulnerable groups in outer islands

• National measures - institutional, planning and technical – implemented to support readiness for future El Niño events





Building on the major shock - prolonged drought - experienced by these countries during the 2015-2016 extreme El Niño event, activities will focus on water security in FSM and Palau and food security in RMI.

Communities, especially those living in outer islands, will be identified through a consultative process with governments and civil society.

Using a gender-sensitive, rights based approach, the selected communities will identify the behaviours that have to change to ensure future El Niño readiness and resilience.

Structural on-the-ground measures, together with training and capacity building, will be designed and implemented to strengthen water and/ or food security in the selected communities for all stakeholders – women, men, youth, person with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.

National, sub-national and community disaster preparedness plans will be reviewed, and where appropriate revised, to incorporate a multisectoral approach and involving the private sector.

Schedule of activities

With the short 3 year 4 months implementation period, the schedule is as follows:

• July 2017- March 2018:  Inception period for consultation and design of activities

• April 2018- December 2019: Implementation of activities

• January - October 2020: Completion of activities, evaluation and closure.  

Regional frameworks and partners 

RENI will collaborate closely and seek partnerships with other programmes and projects in the region. The outputs and outcomes will contribute to the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific: An Integrated Approach to Address Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (FRDP), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 2: zero hunger, Goal 6: clean water and sanitation and Goal 13: climate action.


Project Status
Start Date
Saturday, July 1, 2017
End Date
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
3 Years
Short Title
Project Type
Project Scope
National Emergency Management Office
Development Partner: 
European Union