The idea for this guidebook emerged from USAID Climate Ready’s work to help community-based organizations in the Federated States of Micronesia prepare proposals for climate change adaptation projects in order to seek funding from a small grants facility managed by the Micronesia Conservation Trust and funded by the Adaptation Fund. The Pacific Islands Development Program at the East-West Center funded the production and publication of the guidebook.

I would like to thank all of the organizations and individuals who generously shared their time and expertise in the preparation of this guidebook. These include:

  • Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) management and staff for providing support, review,
  • and critical feedback. Specifically: Executive Director Willy Kostka, Deputy Executive Director Lisa Andon, Conservation Officer Tamara Greenstone-Alefaio, Adaptation Fund Project Manager Shirley Ann Pelep, and Summer Intern, Max Grusser
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for no-objection feedback
  • Patrick Blank for work with project proponents on the AF Proposals and feedback on the chapters
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) for positive feedback
  • Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP) for no-objection feedback
  • Chuuk Women’s Council (CWC) for no-objection feedback
  • Federated States of Micronesia NDA Office for no-objection feedback
  • Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization (KCSO) for no-objection feedback
  • UNDP GEF Small Grant Programme Offices in Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Palau
  • Federated States of Micronesia-based Climate Ready team for providing guidance and
  • support. Specifically: Senior Policy and Finance Advisor Stephen Boland, and Regional Coordinator Patterson Shed
  • USAID Climate Ready Team: especially, Chief of Party Trevor Ole
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The East-West Center. Specifically, Sidney B. Westley for editorial support, Karena Lyons, Jake Hamstra, and Ryan Longman
  • Chiara Franco and Sarah Ellgen
  • Warren Daubert of Daubert Design Co. for graphic design
  • Kevin Akike for teaching me the importance of mainstreaming disability considerations into climate change projects

Keith Bettinger, Ph.D. Consultant, USAID Climate Ready Project, Adjunct Research Fellow, East-West Center