The world's climate is and has been changing for millennia, but now more than ever is it having dramatic impacts on human populations and the natural environments in which they live. While Pacific Island nations are facing some of the most immediate and devastating impacts from climate change (CC), they often have the least resources (human, technical and financial) to address this looming threat. Additionally, most climate change adaptation tools have focused on providing strategies to national and local governments, and NGO audiences, not local communities. PIMPAC aims to address CC challenges by facilitating Pacific island communities and managers who support them through a process that assesses their most pressing needs, provides a suite of tools to address those needs, and prioritizes actions that can be taken at the community level.
The first step in this process took place in September 2010 at the “Adapting to a Changing Climate” Workshop in Pohnpei, FSM. Click here to view the workshop report. The outcome of the workshop was a climate change adaptation tool kit, which consists of: a flipchart for outreach to describe concepts to communities, facilitator’s notes for each page of the flipchart and a booklet which provides the images and abbreviated notes from the flipchart - to be left in the community. Additionally, a great video was produced about the Climate Change Work being conducted in the region. Please click on this video link to watch it.
Currently, trainings are being conducted in each Micronesian jurisdiction on how to deliver these materials and how to use the revised PIMPAC management planning and adaptation guidebookto carry out a management and adaptation planning process including a vulnerability assessment. The first training took place in the Republic of the Marshall Islands from August 22-26 2011. Click here to view the workshop report. The next trainings are tentatively (check with coordinators for updates) scheduled for:
This guide is designed to support a community-based or local level management and adaptation planning process. It can be used to explore the non-climate change and climate change threats within a defined geographic area or community in which there is a clear governing structure and decision-making process. The area can be large or small as long as the planning team involved in facilitating the process has decision-making authority or has the support from the governing authority of the area. For example, the area might be defined as a small coastal community that has land and sea tenure. Or, the area might be a small region of the coastline with several communities that is governed by a central agency or group. However, this tool is not designed for urbanized or densely populated areas with complex social and governance systems.
If you would like more information regarding these trainings or other PIMPAC related activities please contact PIMPAC's coordinator Mike Lameier.