Pacific Community’s 49th CRGA and 11th Conference concludes with call for increased investment in ocean science

At the Pacific Community’s 49th meeting of the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) and 11th Conference, SPC members agreed to expand the Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science (PCCOS), promote the Pacific Data Hub, and call for donors and partners to make a greater investment in scientific research into the impacts of changing climate on our oceans.

 What an ocean scientist looks like

Imagine a scientist.

Go ahead, humor me. What does your scientist look like?

Lab coat? Check. Test tube? Check. Snorkle?...... in the Pacific Islands, you better believe it.

Now, return to that image of a scientist. Did you imagine a man or a woman?

Around the globe, less than 30 percent of research scientists are women. According to UNESCO data (2014-2016), only around 30 percent of all female students select science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related fields when they pursue higher education.

Atoll nations unite against the exceptional and existential threat caused by climate change

The four exclusively atoll nations came together in Fiji recently to discuss the fact their homes and cultures are at an increased risk as a result of the global climate crisis.  High level representatives from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Maldives recognised in the one-day science session that climate change is disproportionately impacting their Island nations, and threatening the future of their people.

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