Researchers and students send a message to COP26 leaders about Pacific concerns

The University of Canterbury (UC) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) researchers and academics joined together in a live zoom discussion to focus on issues that matter for the pacific in the COP26 climate meetings.

The discussion was also the “soft launch of a new partnership between the two institutions who are partnering in a unique research project The Pacific Ocean-Climate Crisis Assessment, that will explore the impact of climate change in the Pacific, and the role indigenous knowledge can play to help communities to adapt.

The Assessment is funded by the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is co lead by Professor Steven Ratuva the Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (MBC) at UC and Professor Elisabeth Holland Director of the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) at the University of the South Pacific.

The project will provide a robust evidence-based assessment of climate change impact and social resilience in the Pacific to help inform the global stocktake or assessment of progress and climate change resilience over time.

Other UC and USP academics supporting the project include Assc Prof Joeli Veitayaki USP; Dr Viliamu Iese  USP and Prof Bronwyn Hayward, in this discussion they were joined by  Pacific youth  leaders Josiah Tualamali’i UC and Salote Nasalo USP.