Climate change implications for Pacific Island Countries

A free lecture will be given this afternoon by Gillian Cambers of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

The talk will be based on the recently published findings of the Pacific Climate Change Science Program, a three year study which was undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO in collaboration with national meteorological services of Pacific Island countries and territories.

The findings are published in a two volume peer-reviewed report “Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research” and can be accessed at: http://www.cawcr.gov.au/projects/PCCSP/publications.html. The first volume of the report provides a regional overview, while the second volume provides individual reports for each of the 15 countries. This includes climate projections for Cook Islands, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Please come to listen and discuss – Thursday 1st March 2012, at 16:30 in the Veitiri Conference Room, IUCN Office, 5 Ma’afu Street, Suva.

Science, traditional knowledge and community approaches

 

An interesting article on how science is complimenting traditional community approaches in Fiji.

http://www.scidev.net/en/agriculture-and-environment/features/old-and-new-knowledge-combine-to-protect-fiji-s-fish.html

The simplicity of methods and data are key, as well as their effective integration into local planning and management processes.

 

Adaptive management for resilient MPA network design

Adaptive management for resilient MPA network design

Efforts to develop management strategies that can mitigate the impacts of global environmental and climate change are urgently needed but examples of their application to date are rare. WCS Fiji is leading efforts to developing indicators of coral reef resilience to climate impacts which can be used to prioritise locations for management. We have collected data on reef fish assemblages, coral population structure, coral recruitment, benthic cover and complexity from coral reef habitats within managed (Kubulau District) and unmanaged fishing grounds (Solevu, Nadi, Wainunu, Wailevu districts). We are combining these data with reef habitat classifications and predictions of reef fish assemblage characteristics to identify sites with naturally high resilience and those that can be improved by management. WCS Fiji will then consult with stakeholders in Kubulau District to discuss options for adapting their existing marine protected area (MPA) to improve reef resilience. We will also work with the communities from Bua and Cakaudrove provinces to design new resilient MPA networks.