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

I. Regional Reports

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Background Information on the Pacific Islands Regional Policy Framework for REDD+ Background Information on the Pacific Islands Regional Policy Framework for REDD+

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This document provides some specific background information for the Pacific Islands Regional Policy Framework for REDD+ and answers to frequently asked questions  during the consultation process.

Prepared by Dr Sean Weaver Principal, Carbon Partnership Ltd. on behalf of the SPC/GIZ Regional Project Climate Protection through Forest Conservation in Pacific Island Countries.

September 2012

Approach, Issues, and Options for a Pacific Regional REDD+ Policy Framework Roadmap Approach, Issues, and Options for a Pacific Regional REDD+ Policy Framework Roadmap

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A roadmap was prepared for the preparation of a Regional REDD+ Policy Framework, based on an approach that takes into consideration:

  • The differential REDD+ opportunities among SPC member states
  • The different relevance of REDD+ to SPC member states
  • The need to integrate REDD+ initiatives in the region with existing strategic development initiatives and programmes
  • The need to minimise workshop fatigue among participating countries.

Report prepared by Dr Sean Weaver for SPC/GIZ Regional Project “Climate Protection through Forest Conservation in Pacific Island Countries”.

September 2011

 REDD+ and Forest Carbon Rights in Melanesia - Synthesis Report REDD+ and Forest Carbon Rights in Melanesia - Synthesis Report

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Who owns the carbon in the forest?

This is a question of great importance for all developing countries preparing to engage with REDD+. As with all Pacific Island countries, land in Melanesia is of central importance to the cultural identity and economic security of customary communities. Consequently, the right to control forest carbon and the right to enjoy the economic benefits that may flow from this under REDD+, are also of critical importance.

The purpose of this synthesis paper is to summarize the legal position as to how carbon rights are treated under existing legal frameworks in four Melanesian countries (Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) including options for law reform.

Prepared by Lisa Ogle, on behalf of SPC/GIZ Regional REDD+ Project "Climate Protection through Forest Conservation in Pacific Island Countries".

November 2012
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