Project timeline


Launched in August 2017, the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project will be implemented over 7 years until 2024. Below is a timeline of key activities and milestones of the project.

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| August |
Launch of implementation

On August 30 2017, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu officially launched the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project in the capital Funafuti.

Tuvalu's Prime Minister, Enele Sopoaga, speaking at the official launch of the TCAP project, 29 August 2017. Photo: UNDP

| June 2018 - Dec 2022 |
TCAP-supported scholarships

TCAP-supported scholarships - to study disciplines such as environmental science, civil and coastal engineering, and meteorology - will open for applications.

Two students from Tuvalu, Palaku Vaolilo Sakaio (left) and Tanu Sumeo have been granted university scholarships under the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project. February 2018. Photo: Merana Kitione/UNDP

Shoreline training

Under TCAP, shoreline monitoring will support understanding of shoreline processes and support resilience, improved coastal planning and decision making in the coastal environment zone.

Drums filled with sand, used as boat anchorage, Nanumea Island, Tuvalu. Photo: UNDP

| December |
Primary school curriculum development

TCAP will work with the Ministry of Education to integrate learning about coastal processes and climate change into Tuvalu’s primary curriculum, and to implement teacher training.

School kids in Nui island, Tuvalu. After cyclone Pam the primary school in Nui island was flooded due to a wave surge. Photo: Silke von Brockhausen/UNDP

| December |
Coastal assessments

Over the course of the project, detailed island-level coastal assessments will be carried out across Tuvalu’s inhabited islands.

Coast destroyed by Cyclone Pam, Nanumea Island, Tuvalu. Photo: UNDP

| JUNE |

Project close.


| Dec 2020 |
Trainings on EBA coastal protection

TCAP will train and build the hands-on experience of central and outer-island government officers in Ecosystem-Based Adaptation coastal protection.

Nui island's fishery sector was severely affected when wave surges caused by Cyclone Pam destroyed boats, equipment and coral reefs. Early assessments indicate it will take at least 10-years for fish stocks and coral reefs to recover from the devastation, a big loss for fishing communities and the tourism sector. Photo: Silke von Brockhausen/UNDP

| March |
Mid-term evaluation

An independent mid-term review of TCAP will be undertaken in 2021.

TCAP team members visit Nanumea Island for consultations on the project. Tuvalu, Nov 2017. Photo: UNDP/Jone Feresi

| Month |
Regional conference for knowledge sharing

The TCAP project will host two regional conferences for knowledge sharing on coastal protection, including one in 2023.

Community consultations on the TCAP project happening. Nanumea Island, Tuvalu, Nov 2017. Photo: UNDP/Jone Feresi

| JUNE |
Project close

An independent terminal evaluation will take place prior to operational closure of the project, with the final report made available to the public.

Kids at the port of Nui island. Photo: Silke von Brockhausen/UNDP