A pilot project on climate change adaptation has been launched on Epi Island in Vanuatu.
The project, which is the result of research by the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, will mean repairs to roads, bridges and wharves damaged by sea level rise.
Work will also be undertaken to build coastal walls using new designs and techniques.
The Minister of Public Utilities, Serge Vohor, says it's vital for Vanuatu because the economic activities of 80 percent of the population depend on properly functioning infrastructure.
700,000 US dollars has been allocated for the pilot project.