The government of Tuvalu and the United Nations Development Programme have agreed on a project to deal with the threats posed by climate change.
The four-year programme will aim to protect Tuvalu's marine, land, water resources and environmental services.
The UNDP will offer training of government officials, technical assessments, documentation and analysis.
Increasing climate change awareness in the communities is also a priority, as is implementing projects such as coastal erosion protection, crop production and water conservation.
The UNDP's Knut Ostby says it is now time to focus on how the exposed islands can best adjust.