Current projects of SPC’s GEM Division


Groundwater in the Pacific

This presentation will introduce some of the water security challenges that communities and countries face, across different island types in the Pacific, and the role of groundwater. It will present on approaches taken by SPC’s GEM Division to support countries to address these challenges including the identification, development, monitoring and management of groundwater sources, as well as consideration to future challenges and areas of support.


  • Pete Sinclair: Pete is a hydrogeologist with a particular interest in the sustainable development of groundwater in the Pacific, with a focus on social and environmental considerations and community inclusivity. Prior to being based in Fiji, Pete worked in Australia in groundwater management.


Ocean prediction and monitoring

This presentation will introduce the regional challenges inherent to strengthening ocean prediction and monitoring as well as SPC’s expertise and capacity to address them. The presentation will showcase some of SPC’s recent work around the delivery of probabilistic inundation hazard assessment work, the development of tailored and innovative ocean forecast system as well as future strategic work and collaborative initiatives in this area.


  • Dr. Moritz Wandres: Moritz is a physical oceanographer with a focus on numerical modelling of waves and circulation in nearshore and coastal areas. Moritz also has a special interest in applied science, focusing on the delivery of data, scientific products, tools and information to drive measurable outcomes on the ground.


Disaster Risk programme

The DCRP will present a summary of project activities that address some of the challenges in the Pacific. In particular the approaches that each project has taken, as well highlight the interactive way that the projects are working not only within DCRP but in the broader GEM division. Plus finish with some of the challenges faced that could be future opportunities.


  • Eileen Turare, Project Manager - Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment & Financing Initiative


Maritime Affairs

GEM/OMP holistic approach to supporting maritime safety (and energy efficiency) through conducting integrated maritime safety projects in the region.


  • Omirete Tabureka: Tabureka is Team Leader Maritime Affairs.



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Inter-agency collaboration, a core principle in the development field, maximises impact of work of developing agencies and increases the value delivered to their stakeholders. For collaboration opportunities to be created, development organisations like SPC actively work on making their work transparent and visible to external actors.

As part of their effort towards increasing collaboration between agencies involved in the development sector in the Pacific, SPC and NIWA are organising a series of seminars in which some of their current and past work will be presented. The audience, in addition to staff members of these two organisations are stakeholders interested in SPC’s and NIWA’s work including MFAT, MBIE and others.

The topics covered in the webinars are topical and gravitate around use of advanced computing resources in solving problems in the fields of climate change, geoscience and fisheries among others. 

The topics and the dates are available in the related events below.

The events will be interpreted and recording of each of the sessions will be made available online.

Please contact the organiser, Dr Aleksandar Zivaljevic[email protected] for more information, for the invitation to the events or to express interest in webinars interpretation in French.
For matters related to communication, please contact Camille Menaouer, Digital Communications Coordinator at [email protected].

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