Pacific Community Results Report 2018: Year in review
The 2018 Pacific Community Results Report highlights the valuable scientific and technical work we delivered in our 22 Pacific Island member countries and territories and beyond, and the contribution our results made to our members’ and regional development objectives. SPC achieved 588 results in 2018. Our performance reflects a maturing organisation, at the forefront of key regional issues such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and the sustainable management of oceans, to build a more resilient Pacific. Our members, during the 49th Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) meeting, held in Noumea in June 2019, reaffirmed the high value they place on the work SPC delivers, and trust SPC as a key partner to advance their sustainable development goals. The Report, endorsed by members during CRGA 49as well as a suite of results products, including an online Results Explorer, can be found on www.spc.int/resource-centre and pacificdata.org/results-explorer. The Explorer is an exciting new addition to SPC’s reporting products, it is easy to navigate and is searchable by country, SDG, SPC Division and Development Objective.
Focus on services delivered in 2018
In 2018, SPC continued delivering high quality science and technical services to our members in support of evidence-based decision-making and policy development. For example, the tuna species ecosystem modelling was used by member countries to discuss the impact of climate change on tuna fisheries, plan adaptation and preparation for the future.
SPC’s national stakeholder capacity-strengthening activities increasingly take a long-term system-strengthening approach towards national institutions’ autonomy and sustainability. In 2018 for instance, our efforts in support of national education systems contributed to improved national capacities in the areas of literacy and numeracy assessments and teacher appraisals and yielded positive effects on teaching quality.
As the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, SPC continued investing resources in research and development, notably to remain at the cutting edge of climate change innovation. For example, trials and pilots in agriculture and climate action work (compost productivity, ecological water purification trials) are expanding services to our members in support of more sustainable development.
Focus on our local to global approach
SPC’s work often starts at the local, atoll or island level, with the aim of scalability to the country level, and, where possible and relevant, to the region. Our work in 2018 demonstrated the application of this approach.
At the atoll level, our work in 2018 focused on innovation in sustainable energy and water security in Kiribati and Tuvalu, where positive outcomes and learning may be applied to scale in other atoll contexts, or at national and regional levels.
At the country level, successful programmes from the atoll level were scaled out to meet country-wide needs or, in some cases, expanded to other countries. For instance, a successful integrated approach to achieve post-cyclone food security implemented in two provinces of Vanuatu in 2018 resonated with our members, who expressed interest in scaling up the programme and implement it nationally.
At the regional level, SPC’s work focused on achieving regional public good. For instance, SPC provided data sheets, sector briefs and analysis towards the development of the Pacific Sustainable Development Report 2018.
At the global level, SPC ensured its regional work had international significance, as with the support SPC provided to the 2018 COP24 Climate Change Conference.
Find out more on SPC’s 2018 results in the Pacific Community Results Report 2018.