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Climate Change and the Pacific Island Leadership Program (PILP)

The emphasis on leadership in the Pacific region is fast becoming highlighted at many regional meetings, not only on the topic of Climate Change but also across areas such as Governance, Economics, and suchlike. The Pacific RISA team had the opportunity to share information on climate change impacts in the region with professional associates of the Pacific Island Leadership Program (PILP), run by the East-West Center on October 15th, 2013. The presentation was divided into three parts – The first was done by Dr. Victoria Keener and discussed the broader, global impacts of climate change leading into a scaled analysis of the impacts on Pacific Islands from the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) report.


Lead Investigator, Dr. Victoria Keener, speaking to participants of the PILP.

Rachel Nunn, Communications Coordinator, built off the conclusions of the first part that emphasized more collaboration and coordination is necessary in the Pacific as part of the regional response to climate change. She discussed an established network of early career/young professionals known as the Pacific Emerging Environment Leaders (PEEL) Network, an initiative of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and invited participants to link up with in-country representatives from the network once they returned to their respective countries. Dr. Kati Corlew, Research Fellow, concluded the talks by sharing information on the Social Network Analysis work that she is involved with and the usefulness of products such as network maps to not only identify gaps in communication between agencies but also to highlight areas where collaboration can be strengthened in the Pacific, particularly with regard to climate change.

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