Climate Change & Climate Change Adaptation
Climate change is indeed one of the most pressing issues in the Pacific region. The Apia Office is working in an integrated fashion looking at both Climate Change Adaption and Mitigation from educational, social, scientific and cultural perspectives. Adaptation initiatives focus on integrating climate content and adaptation skills in school curriculum, community awareness and sharing of information through the media to build adaptive capacity in Pacific countries. Mitigation initiatives consider sustainable ways of developing alternative energy supplies. In line with the outcome from Rio+20, UNESCO will focus on supporting green growth and climate smart development in the Pacific.
For more information on UNESCO-wide action on climate change, please visit the Climate Change Platform.
Projects and activities:
- One major current activity of the UNESCO Apia Office is the Sharing Perceptions of Adaptation, Resilience and Climate Knowledge (SPARCK) project.
- "Changing Winds: Climate Change and the Law" is a series of workshops held in August 2013 in Fiji and Samoa
- Sandwatch projects are carried out in various Pacific countries.
- UNESCO is promoting Climate Frontlines, a global forum for indigenous peoples, small islands and vulnerable communities.