Cooperation activities with Small Island Developing States, (PSIDS), are developed within the framework of a partnership launched in New York on May 11, 2007, with the signing of an initial Memorandum of Understanding, then expanded through the signature of subsequent addenda.

Today, 18 partners participate in the program, including 4 donors, (Italy, Austria, Luxembourg and Spain), and 14 beneficiaries (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Solomon Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa , Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu). Italy participates in the Program with the Ministry of the Environment and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

51 projects have been approved, to date, for a total MASE support exceeding 20 million US dollars.

Click HERE for further information on these topics.



Fonte immagine: MASE Cooperation, renewed partnership with Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)

NEW YORK, November 21, 2023 – Renewal of the collaboration until 2028, with the identification of action priorities and needs, and extension of the partnership also to the theme of "Marine Plastic Pollution", the fight against plastic pollution in the seas.

These are the main points of the Joint Committee, (JC), 16th meeting of the Partnership between Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, Spain and the Pacific Small Island Developing States, (PSIDS), which took place on November 20 at the Permanent Representation of Italy at the United Nations in New York Ambassador Maurizio Massari and Ambassador Ilana V. Seid were present. Representing the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security, (MASE), was Roberta Ronzitti, Deputy General Director – DGAEI.


COP27 Meetings with Small Island States

Italy's growing commitment to cooperation in the Pacific area was marked by several important appointments within the framework of COP 27. Starting with the important invitation received by our country at the Side Event "Launching of Micronesia's NDC at COP27" held in the Pacific Manoa Nlu Pavillon. The speech of the Director General and Special Envoy for the Climate, Alessandro Modiano, recalled the support offered by Italy to the update of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce emissions, presented by Micronesia in line with the Guidelines adopted in 2018 at the COP24 in Katowice through the project funded by MASE "Support for the development of the Federated State of Micronesia's updated nationally determined contribution".


   Memorandum of Understanding (New York City, May 2007)

Counterpart: The governments of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Intervention areas:

  • Sustainable Energy, through energy needs assessment activities; strengthening energy policies and local action plans; rural electrification; development of bio-fuels and other renewable energy sources.
  • Adaptation to climate change, through risk reduction projects; protection and conservation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity.
  - Memorandum of Understanding with the Pacific Islands, (May 11, 2007, EN)
  - Amendment Nr.4 to the Memorandum of Understanding, (February 8, 2019, EN)
  - 10 years of cooperation with the Pacific Small Island Developing States, (PSIDS), 2007-2017 (EN)
  - Amendment nr. 5 to the Memorandum of Understanding (November 20, 2023 EN)

  - Sub-programme to section III of the Annex to the MoU Marine Plastic Pollution (EN)


    The ongoing projects
  Solomon Islands 
Planning for electricity network in Solomon Islands
$ 245.000
  Sustainable Program for a widespread rural electrification for water and energy security  $ 956.129
Strengthening of Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) & Creation of related Marine Protected Areas in Kiribati 
$ 730.599,60
Enhancing Water Security and Climate Resilient Food Systems for the displaced atoll communities in Yap  
$ 948.750
  PV solar systems for selected public building in Weno  $ 350.000
  Support the development of the federate States of Micronesia’s updated nationally determined contribution for 2020   $ 350.000
Increasing Palau's resilience to extreme drought events: taking action for long term adaptation to the impacts of climate change 
$ 800.000
  Phase II of the Palau National marine Sanctuary Project: Examining the potential effects of climate change on the distribution, long-term movements and local fisheries productivity of pelagic and nearshore resources in the
Palau National Marine Sanctuary
$ 660.000
  Papua New Guinea
Sustainable water supply and electricity supply water 
Strengthening protected Area Management in the Kingdom of Tonga 
$ 746.650
Tuvalu Photovoltaic Electricity Network Integration Project (TPENIP) – Phase II 
$ 427.100
Irrigation for a resilient and sustainable agriculture 
$ 244.336
  A National Marine Spatial Plan for Vanuatu including a network of Marine protected Area  $ 914.945
  Increasing Access to Safe, Secure and Sustainable Water Supply in Vanuatu  $ 785.726
Sea water intake, water remineralization & water quality project 
$ 1.017.060 
PV Off - grid system for Boarding Schools and village community" Kiribati
$ 821.998
Tonga Fellowship on Sustainable Development 2020 Government of Tonga 
$ 373,352.00


    The completed projects
  Fiji Islands
Fellowship for Capacity Building on Climate Change and Oceans 
$ 83.809
PV Solar Off-Grid Systems for Fish Centres in Outer Islands - Phase II 
$ 764.838
  Sustainable Water Supply Systems For Vulnerable Communities 

$ 728.180

Household water storage – Phase III
$ 45.522
  Proposal to support the development of the Republic of Nauru’s updated Nationally Determined Contribution for 2020   
2019 Tonga Fellowship on the Environment and Ocean-TFEO 
  National capacity strengthening for the follow-up to, and implementation of the Paris Agreement, the sustainable development goals  
  Marshall Islands
Building infrastructure resilience 
Proposal to support the development of the Republic of Palau’s updated Nationally Determined Contribution for 2020
  Palau National Marine Sanctuary: Education and Awareness   
  Sustainable Water Supply Systems For Vulnerable Communities   
  Establishment of the first nationwide Marine Sanctuary in Palau  

Standalone Homemade Solar (SHS) system on PV cooling storage facility for Niulakita e Funafala 





    22/11/2023  Cooperation, renewed partnership with Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)
    07/06/2023   Meeting of the Joint Committee with the Pacific Small Island Developing States
    27/06/2023   Pacific and Caribbean, institutional technical meeting in New York
 8-10/11/2022  COP27 Meetings with Small Islands
    25/02/2020   Fourtheenth meeting of the Joint Commettee
    23/05/2019   Tuvalu: cinema and art to describe the envirnment
    08/02/2019   Thirteenth Joint Committee meeting in New York: 3 new projects approved
    20/07/2018   Twelfth meeting of the Joint Committee in New York
    03/09/2017   Expo Astana: projects presented in Lebanon, Botswana, Maldives, Lesotho and the Small Pacific Islands
    03/09/2017   Expo Astana: Seminar on the future of renewable energy in cooperation for sustainable development
    25/07/2017   Preparation of the COP 23
    14/11/2016   COP 22: side event on the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions in SIDS
    26/08/2016   Tuvalu – Solar panels for sustainable electricity development


Ultimo aggiornamento 07.06.2024