Climate Change

Small islands, whether located in the tropics or higher latitudes, have characteristics which make them especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme events (very high confidence) ♦  Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate inundation, storm surge, erosion and other coastal hazards, thus threatening vital infrastructure, settlements and facilities that support the livelihood of island communities (very high confidence). ♦  There is strong evidence that under most climate change scenarios, water resources in small islands are likely to be seriously compromised (very high confidence). ♦  It is very likely that subsistence and commercial agriculture on small islands will be adversely affected by climate change (high confidence). IPCC 4th Assessment Report, 2007

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Three linked risks for development in the Pacific Islands: Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Co Three linked risks for development in the Pacific Islands: Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Co

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Three linked risks for development in the Pacific Islands: Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Conflict

Pacific Island countries are demonstrably vulnerable to the risks of climate change, disasters and conflict. This paper outlines the conceptual links between these risks, briefly describes how each of the risks operates in the Pacific Islands , and goes on to demonstrate the interaction of climate change, disasters and potential for conflict in the Pacific Islands, by applying a new conceptual framework to some illustrative case studies.

Authors: Tony Weir and Zahira Virani
Date: July 2010
PACE-SD Occasional Paper No. 2010/3

Review of Economic and Livelihood Impact Assessments of, and Adaptation to, Climate Change in Melane Review of Economic and Livelihood Impact Assessments of, and Adaptation to, Climate Change in Melane

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Review of Economic and Livelihood Impact Assessments of, and Adaptation to, Climate Change in Melanesia

This study draws on Pacific-wide information to provide an overview of the situation, particularly in light of the limited, robust technical and empirical information available specifically for Melanesia. The purpose of this largely literature-based review report is to provide an overview of:

  • expected economic costs of climate change, climate variability and sea level rise in the Pacific, including Melanesia;
  • gaps in knowledge about economic cost of climate change;
  • key adaptation strategies needed to strengthen socio-economic resilience; and
  • capacity development needs for strengthening resilience to climate change.

Authors: Padma Narsey Lal, Jeff Kinch and Frank Wickham
Date: January 2009

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Responding to the challenges of climate change in the Pacific Islands: management and technological Responding to the challenges of climate change in the Pacific Islands: management and technological

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Responding to the challenges of climate change in the Pacific Islands: management and technological imperatives

Proposed solutions to the effects of climate change in the Pacific Islands have often been uncritically imposed from elsewhere and have often proved unsuited to both their environmental and cultural contexts. Effective solutions to challenges of climate change in the Pacific Islands should acknowledge their unique environmental characteristics, particularly their high insularity (coastal length to land area) ratios, their topographic and geological diversity, and the raw materials available to support adaptation.

Author: Professor  Patrick D. Nunn
CLIMATE RESEARCH; Vol. 40: 211–231, 2009; doi: 10.3354/cr00806
Published December 10

Republic of Fiji National Climate Change Policy Republic of Fiji National Climate Change Policy

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On February 12, 2012  the Fiji climate change policy was endorsed by Fiji’s cabinet. The Fiji National Climate Change Policy was officially launched by the Hon Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, on 01 March 2012.

The policy includes an implementation framework identifying the responsible lead agencies and implementing agencies. This implementation framework serves to guide and organise stakeholders in the implementation of the climate change policy.

Date: February 2012

Preparing Fiji’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS) Preparing Fiji’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS)

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A presentation providing a good background on the issues and elements for developing a national adaptation strategy, with specifc steps are elaborated . It highlights the need to co-ordinate with and integrate national policy and strategic components of involved sectors.

Presentation at the Fiji inception workshop to develop a National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (land-based resources), Suva
, 29 March, 2011. This initiative is supported by the SPC/GIZ Regional Programme - Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region and coordinated with the Fiji Department of Environment

Author: Professor John Hay
Date: March 2011

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