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Climate action: supporting small islands

Climate action: supporting small islands

Small islands are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Discover in this interactive map how the European Investment Bank is helping them adapt to climate change and mitigate its effects.

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Helping save the coral reef on Cape Verde

Helping save the coral reef on Cape Verde

On four Cape Verde islands, wind farms were set up in one of the largest wind projects in Africa, with EUR 45 million in funding by the EIB and the African Development Bank. They will help reduce emissions on this biodiversity hotspot – its coral reef is among the world’s ten most important.

Helping save the coral reef on Cape Verde

Helping save the coral reef on Cape Verde

On four Cape Verde islands, wind farms were set up in one of the largest wind projects in Africa, with EUR 45 million in funding by the EIB and the African Development Bank. They will help reduce emissions on this biodiversity hotspot – its coral reef is among the world’s ten most important.

Climate change resilient highway on Réunion

Climate change resilient highway on Réunion

A EUR 500 million EIB loan to build a new highway on Réunion is expected to provide safety from the sea for locals and tourists. The more climate-resilient road will ensure connections all year long in contrast to the existing road, exposed to falling rocks and high seas.

Climate change resilient highway on Réunion

Climate change resilient highway on Réunion

A EUR 500 million EIB loan to build a new highway on Réunion is expected to provide safety from the sea for locals and tourists. The more climate-resilient road will ensure connections all year long in contrast to the existing road, exposed to falling rocks and high seas.

Mauritius: Producing sugar while protecting the environment

Mauritius: Producing sugar while protecting the environment

A EUR 8 million loan from the EIB enabled sugar producing company Omnicane to build a distillery that transforms their by-products into bioethanol, using sugar cane to produce renewable energy.

Mauritius: Producing sugar while protecting the environment

Mauritius: Producing sugar while protecting the environment

A EUR 8 million loan from the EIB enabled sugar producing company Omnicane to build a distillery that transforms their by-products into bioethanol, using sugar cane to produce renewable energy.

Fighting droughts on Seychelles

Fighting droughts on Seychelles

The EIB loaned EUR 26 million to upgrade and expand water systems on three of the largest Seychelles islands, to improve efficiency and increase resilience to climate change. This provides backup resources in case of serious droughts.

Fighting droughts on Seychelles

Fighting droughts on Seychelles

The EIB loaned EUR 26 million to upgrade and expand water systems on three of the largest Seychelles islands, to improve efficiency and increase resilience to climate change. This provides backup resources in case of serious droughts.

Sustainable roads to shorten distances in Timor-Leste

Sustainable roads to shorten distances in Timor-Leste

The EIB and the Asian Development Bank have approved a EUR 164 million project to rehabilitate and upgrade, with climate resilient elements, two important roads on Timor-Leste. On one of them, it currently takes 3-4 hours to cover a distance of under 50 kilometres.

Sustainable roads to shorten distances in Timor-Leste

Sustainable roads to shorten distances in Timor-Leste

The EIB and the Asian Development Bank have approved a EUR 164 million project to rehabilitate and upgrade, with climate resilient elements, two important roads on Timor-Leste. On one of them, it currently takes 3-4 hours to cover a distance of under 50 kilometres.

Sustainable forestry on Solomon Islands

Sustainable forestry on Solomon Islands

The EU bank invested in Kolombangara Forest Products Ltd., the first sustainable forestry operation in the Pacific. It also financed the feasibility study of the Tina river hydro project, aiming to produce enough power to meet a large proportion of the needs of the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, through renewable energy.

Sustainable forestry on Solomon Islands

Sustainable forestry on Solomon Islands

The EU bank invested in Kolombangara Forest Products Ltd., the first sustainable forestry operation in the Pacific. It also financed the feasibility study of the Tina river hydro project, aiming to produce enough power to meet a large proportion of the needs of the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, through renewable energy.

Cyclone-proof wind farm on New Caledonia

Cyclone-proof wind farm on New Caledonia

An EIB credit line provided to local banks helped set up an Eole wind farm employing tilting masts. The wind turbines survived Cyclone Jasmine, with wind speeds of up to 280-km/hour. The EIB also participated in setting up 10 000 solar panels near Nouméa.

Cyclone-proof wind farm on New Caledonia

Cyclone-proof wind farm on New Caledonia

An EIB credit line provided to local banks helped set up an Eole wind farm employing tilting towers. These survived the up to 280-km/hour winds of Cyclone Jasmine. The EIB also participated in setting up 10 000 solar panels near Nouméa.

Vanuatu de-mountable tilting mast wind turbine generator

Vanuatu de-mountable tilting mast wind turbine generator

The EIB provided EUR 4.3 million to support the construction of a wind farm on the island of Efate, Vanuatu. Its 10 wind turbines can be rapidly lowered to the ground and fastened securely to avoid wind damage in the event of a tropical cyclone.

Vanuatu de-mountable tilting mast wind turbine generator

Vanuatu de-mountable tilting mast wind turbine generator

The EIB provided EUR 4.3 million to support the construction of a wind farm on the island of Efate, Vanuatu. Its 10 wind turbines can be rapidly lowered to the ground and fastened securely to avoid wind damage in the event of a tropical cyclone.

Cook islands: International airport development plan

Cook islands: International airport development plan

The EIB has provided technical assistance to prepare options for improving runway safety, upgrading of the terminal, foreshore infrastructure relocation and measures of renewable energy at Rarotonga airport. The project aims at decreasing the potential impact of an extreme storm on this critical infrastructure.

Cook islands: International airport development plan

Cook islands: International airport development plan

The EIB has provided technical assistance to prepare options for improving runway safety, upgrading of the terminal, foreshore infrastructure relocation and measures of renewable energy at Rarotonga airport. The project aims at decreasing the potential impact of an extreme storm on this critical infrastructure.

Innovative air-conditioning at a hospital in Tahiti

Innovative air-conditioning at a hospital in Tahiti

The Centre Hospitalier de Polynésie plans to save half of its electricity costs by using ocean water to cool its air-conditioning system. Also in French Polynesia, the EIB is providing credit lines for small and medium-sized projects, including for the construction of Tahiti’s first photovoltaic farm.

Innovative air-conditioning at a hospital in Tahiti

Innovative air-conditioning at a hospital in Tahiti

The Centre Hospitalier de Polynésie plans to save half of its electricity costs by using ocean water to cool its air-conditioning system. Also in French Polynesia, the EIB is providing credit lines for small and medium-sized projects, including for the construction of Tahiti’s first photovoltaic farm.

The dam on St. Lucia

The dam on St. Lucia

The EIB has launched a programme with the Caribbean Development Bank to help adapt key infrastructure to climate change. This includes the John Compton dam on St. Lucia island, a water reservoir serving most of the inhabitants.

The dam on St. Lucia

The dam on St. Lucia

The EIB has launched a programme with the Caribbean Development Bank to help adapt key infrastructure to climate change. This includes the John Compton dam on St. Lucia island, a water reservoir serving most of the inhabitants.

Solar micro-grids on the Maldives

Solar micro-grids on the Maldives

The EIB is helping finance a EUR 175 million project to install solar photovoltaic plants, energy storage systems, more efficient diesel-engine generators and upgraded distribution networks on 160 islands in the Maldives. To avoid the effects of sea level rise, the solar systems will be mounted on structures 3-4 meters high.

Solar micro-grids on the Maldives

Solar micro-grids on the Maldives

The EIB is helping finance a EUR 175 million project to install solar photovoltaic plants, energy storage systems, more efficient diesel-engine generators and upgraded distribution networks on 160 islands in the Maldives. To avoid the effects of sea level rise, the solar systems will be mounted on structures 3-4 meters high.

Rural bridges in Papua New Guinea

Rural bridges in Papua New Guinea

A EUR 52 million EIB loan will support the replacement of 27 obsolete, single-line bridges with permanent, dual-lane structures on five national roads in Papua New Guinea. The bridges, currently exposed to frequent flooding and landslides, will be rebuilt with climate resilient elements.

Rural bridges in Papua New Guinea

Rural bridges in Papua New Guinea

A EUR 52 million EIB loan will support the replacement of 27 obsolete, single-line bridges with permanent, dual-lane structures on five national roads in Papua New Guinea. The bridges, currently exposed to frequent flooding and landslides, will be rebuilt with climate resilient elements.

A safer power network in Fiji

A safer power network in Fiji

In February 2016, Cyclone Winston, the second strongest storm ever recorded on land, severely affected Fiji's population and infrastructure, including the island’s power distribution network. A technical assistance programme by the EIB is helping build Fiji's electricity network back better.

A safer power network in Fiji

A safer power network in Fiji

In February 2016, Cyclone Winston, the second strongest storm ever recorded on land, severely affected Fiji's population and infrastructure, including the island’s power distribution network. A technical assistance programme by the EIB is helping build Fiji's electricity network back better.

Global warming threatens the very existence of small islands, and not only due to rising sea levels:

  • Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and are projected to grow in ferocity.
  • Water infrastructure is easily put out of action by storms, while tidal surges and slow-setting sea-level rise cause salt-water intrusion and the salinization of groundwater.
  • Tourism – the fuel of the economies of many small islands – is hurt, devastating livelihoods long after the winds die down.

The European Investment Bank is providing financing and technical assistance to help small islands all over the world adapt to the impact of these extreme events and mitigate their own greenhouse gas emissions.

Small islands, big impact

The EIB has taken special care to support the impact of climate projects on small islands. Our mission? To assist communities that pay the full price of climate change, even though they aren’t the ones who created the problem. What is the impact of our action? What challenges are we helping address? Check out this blog story.


Four ways to adapt to climate change

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In February 2016, Cyclone Winston, the second strongest storm ever recorded on land, severely affected Fiji's population and infrastructure. The EU bank is now helping rebuild a more reliable power supply system on Viti Levu, the largest island of the Fijian archipelago. Check out how this and three other EIB projects are making a difference in the Pacific and the Caribbean. "Sometimes it's really a question of continuing the life of people as they know it," says in this video Angela Marcarino Paris, Asian and Pacific Operations, EIB.






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