This is part of a formal course of study at the University of the South Pacific. The principal component of this is postgraduate training, which is primarily intended for people in the Pacific Islands involved with medium-to-long term planning for natural resources, economic and social development, and/or the natural environment, especially graduates working in governments or NGOs who are not yet familiar with climate-related issues but need to be so, e.g. because of the impact of climate on agriculture, water resources, coastal zones, health etc. The aim is to give them the background they need in climate change science, impacts, adaptation and policy. The training is given a practical focus by including contributions to community projects and targeted research. The project will also look at developing a Postgraduate Diploma in Disaster Risk Management Programme.
The non-formal training will organise capacity building workshops and training of trainers program to improve the knowledge and skills of the climate change practitioners in the region. This knowledge and skills will focus on climate change related topics, but also practical management skills, such as project management, written and oral presentation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation of project, conflict management,etc.
Two sessions of the non-formal training programs will be carried on within the duration of the projects. The topics and skills covered by these sessions will be determined by the needs and demands from the practitioners.
Focus on priorities identified by National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA) and National Communications to the UN-FCCC.
Demonstration sites identified and selected through consultation with National Climate Change Focal Points and Communities.
Sectors will be selected based on existing stress on communities
Community Engagement Component - Networking
The locally Managed Climate Change Adaptation (LMCCA) Network will be developed to facilitate the dissemination of lessons learnt at the demonstration sites and the best practices to other communities in the Region.
The USP Knowledge Centre will be the Resources Reference Centre for this Network
Analysis of Model Generated Database on Future Projections of climate variabilty and change
- For downscaling to national and local scales
- To stimulate the impacts and risks of climate variablity, change and extreme events
Assessment of Disaster Risk and Vulnerability
- Decadal trends of climate variability, change and extreme events
- Sector specific assesments of the potential vulnerabilities
Formulation of appropriate Adaptation Strategies and Practices
- Based on knowledge gained from applied scientific research
- Integrating and mainstreaming Traditional Knowledge