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Adaptation in Pacific Island Countries

Human livelihoods in Pacific Island countries are challenged by numerous stresses including economic, food, water and land availability, and are also now experiencing the effects of global climate change.

To initiate adaptation, decision makers need to know the nature of vulnerability, in terms of who and what are vulnerable, to what stresses, and in what way, and also what is the capacity of the system to adapt to changing conditions.

This 3-year research project involving SRC staff members, Dr Tristan Pearce, Dr Javier Leon and team, draws upon local and traditional knowledge, and western science to examine vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in Pacific Island countries in the context of multiple climatic and non-climatic stresses.

Researchers are working with people in villages to identify what conditions are relevant and important to them and what adaptations are feasible and desirable.

Further information

Dr Tristan Pearce: tpearce@usc.edu.au

Dr Javier Leon: jleon@usc.edu.au

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