Explore our climate change projects in the Pacific

Discover the Griffith Climate Change Response Program projects in the Pacific which are looking at ecosystem based adaptation, regional management of climate change and the evaluation of cyclone-proof community buildings.

ECOADAPT - BENEFITS OF ECOSYSTEM-BASED APPROACHES FOR CLIMATE CHANGE IN LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

This project aims to identify appropriate adaptation interventions in the coastal zone of Pacific island states and territories in the face of rapidly changing climate and ongoing capital-intensive developments. In particular, we are investigating the advantages and limitations of (i) ecosystem-based approaches, (ii) soft- engineering approaches that use natural processes and (iii) hard-engineered solutions. Coastal adaptations need to be evaluated in terms of their impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity, the extent to which they disrupt natural processes, and the benefits they provide for the sustainable livelihoods of local communities, among other things.

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PACIFIC ICLIM

Since 2014 the Pacific iCLIM project has made significant steps towards enabling better climate change resilience and adaptation planning in the Pacific by improving the discoverability, storage, access and utilisation of climate climate change data and information. The Pacific iCLIM project is a collaboration between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Griffith University. The project is supported by funding from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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EVALUATING THE RE-BUILDING OF A CLIMATE RESILIENT TANNA ISLAND, VANUATU

As part of the Tafea Provincial Government’s revitalisation plan, Category 5 cyclone-proof community buildings, which include solar mini-power systems, are being built in 15 villages on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu. Griffith University has been asked to provide independent monitoring and evaluation of the project over the next three years, with particular attention to issues such as social change, use and access of community houses, use of energy, and the functionality of the renewable energy mini-power systems.

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ECOSYSTEM & SOCIO-ECONOMIC RESILIENCE ANALYSIS AND MAPPING (ESRAM)

ESRAM is a component of the Pacific Ecosystem Based Adaptation to Climate Change Program. It is a five year project funded by the German Government, implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme to explore and promote ecosystem-based options for adapting to climate change. The project aims to help integrate ecosystem-based adaptation into development, climate change adaptation and natural resource management policy and planning processes in three Pacific island countries providing replicable models for other countries in the region.

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CLIMATE JUSTICE IN OCEANIA

This project considers climate litigation and the Paris Agreement. More details coming soon.

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