What We Do
The USP-EU GCCA project is implemented through three components under *Capacity Building, *Community Engagement and *Applied Research. While the three components may operate separately there will be common areas where each of the components will link up. For example, the results of research will inform capacity development and the formulation of community adaptation strategies.
Community work in turn will provide valuable lessons to be integrated in the university courses, especially with regards to social/cultural aspects of climate change. University students will also be required to add practice to theory by linking their studies with applied research and/or community engagement.
Component 1: Capacity Building
This component focuses on training and developing a cadre of local skilled professionals sufficiently large and deep to support and guide governments, NGOs and regional development partners in their efforts to adapt to climate change, and to train others in adaptation especially at community level.
Through these different training and development activities it is expected to improve the communities’ understanding of climate change and of the appropriate ways to adapt to its effects, in their specific local environments.
Component 2: Community Engagement in Adapting to Climate Change
Through this component it is expected that by the end of the project, there is a marked increase and improvement in the resiliency of local communities who will be better equipped with the skills to develop, implement and sustain long term adaptation strategies.
In addition, a ‘best practice’ toolkit in community adaptation projects that have been identified,compiled and disseminated to relevant stakeholders.
Component 3: Applied Research
The key outcomes of this component is for the development of tools for monitoring and projecting climate change in the Pacific Islands region are developed and in use as well as adaptive strategies best suited for the Pacific is formulated for a range of economic sectors.