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
Institutional capacity within Melanesian countries to effectively respond to climate change impacts, with a focus on Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands
The report begins with an overview of vulnerability situation in Melanesia, establishes working definitions for the main terms and concepts used in the assessment and presents a summary review of institutional capacity in the independent states of Melanesia to respond to climate change impacts on the coastal and marine environments. Recommendations on opportunities and options to develop institutional capacity are grouped into immediate/short-term and on-going measures.
Authors: Frank Wickham, Jeff Kinch and Padma Lal
© 2006 United Nations Environment Programme
At the Crossroads: Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia and the Pacific. A Review of the Region’s Institutional and Policy Landscape
There has been little information about how regional DRR and CCA are carried out in Asia and the Pacific, whether separately or as embedded components of each other. Without such knowledge, it would be difficult to develop an enabling environment and a roadmap for the practical integration of these two areas of practice. This report has been prepared as an initial step to shed light on this lacuna. It provides a snapshot of how DRR and CCA are undertaken and integrated, if at all, in the region
The report hopes to contribute to improved regional planning and programming for DRR and CCA, and highlights areas for cooperation among regional and sub‐regional organizations.
© UNISDR Asia and Pacific secretariat
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 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