27.02.2013 - UNESCO Office in Apia

Climate change project

What is it about?
Community understandings of climate change and downscaling the science of climate change to community-level adaptation is a UNESCO multi-disciplinary project that will assist in improving our understanding of how communities in the Pacific perceive climate change and how they act on this knowledge. Working together with the University of Melbourne and Apidae Development Innovations, the project will be carried out in Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu starting from March 2013 and will use innovative new methods to survey participants.


The first phase of the project will involve surveying communities in three sectors (high school teachers, communities living in and around biosphere reserves, and the media) about their perceptions of climate change and how they are currently responding to climate change. Surveying will take place through focus groups (20-30 participants) for each sector and a mobile phone survey (300-400 participants). As an incentive, participants who complete the mobile survey will be entered into a draw to win phone credit. .

The second phase of the project will involve the development and delivery of capacity building activities to improve delivery of community-level adaptation. It will involve raising awareness about climate change issues as part of a wider objective on increasing climate literacy and resilience in the Pacific.

What do we need?

UNESCO is currently seeking contacts and assistance in these three sectors (high school teachers, communities living in and around biosphere reserves, and media) that can help raise awareness, and bring together participants in each sector.

Please contact us for more information on how to participate in this exciting and important awareness and capacity building activity.

You can join us and get involved on our Facebook page “Pacific Climate Change Project”. 




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