The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, in collaboration with its partners, is developing the Pacific Climate Change Portal (PCCP). A major part of the Pacific iCLIM project, is the further development and enhancement of the PCCP's climate change resources and information management system.
Regional and national institutions in the Pacific Island region hold a substantial amount of climate change related information and tools. The PCCP aims to ensure this information is readily accessible in a coordinated and user-friendly manner.
The portal will provide a platform for institutions and governments in the Pacific region to share information that can be readily accessed by linking to information repositories such as the Pacific Islands Global Ocean Observing System.
The Pacific Climate Change Portal will improve and strengthen understanding of climate change issues by a greater number of people in the Pacific region. Improved access to information will strengthen communication and collaboration to cope with climate change regionally and locally. This portal is also anticipated to leverage more climate change initiatives and innovation in Pacific Island Countries and Territories.
The major target groups expected to use the portal are national stakeholders (PICTs), regional stakeholders (CROP agencies) and development partners. A broader audience, however, is not excluded.
Pacific Climate Change Portal decision support tools
As part of the Pacific iCLIM project, new "decision support tools" will be integrated in the PCCP. These tools will assist with the visualisation and analysis of complex data, for the purpose of better climate change decision making and adaptation planning.
Examples of similar tools using can be seen in TerraNova (www.terranova.org.au), the Australian climate change adaptation information hub.