European Consortium for Pacific Studies

The fourth ECOPAS Newsletter is now available: Newsletter N°4

An overview of the framework and the context of its development is now available: Leaflet about (October 2015)

ECOPAS (European Consortium for Pacific Studies) is a multidisciplinary project designed to provide coordination and support to research and policy communities on issues connected to climate change and related processes in the Pacific Islands region, in order to define better options for sustainable development.

ECOPAS shared Pacific research's photo. ...

Cinema Pasifika is a series of short films from the Pacific Islands, broadcast earlier this year by Australia Network. The series, by young filmmakers in Fiji, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea and Samoa, celebrates a range of diverse and unique cinematic voices. You can watch these short films online and each one is followed by short interviews with the filmmaker about their creative inspirations, influences and their plans for the future. Episode 1: Va Tapuia (Sacred Spaces) directed by Tusi Tamasese (Samoa). Episode 2. Hans Up! Buai O Laip Blong Yu! Hands Hands Up! Your Betel Nut or Your Life! by Emmanuel Narakobi (Papua New Guinea). Episode 3. Zori by Jack Niedenthal & Suzanne Chutaro (Marshall Islands). Episode 4. Envy by Clarence Dass (Fiji). Episode 5. Painim Aut produced by the Centre for Social and Creative Media (Papua New Guinea). Photo: Poster for ‘Zori’, a short film from the Marshall Islands that features in the Cinema Pasifika series (courtesy Microwaves)

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The Pacific is notable for the discrepancy between the contribution of its small economies to global climate change, and the severity of climate change effects experienced by its peoples. Linkages between research networks and policy interfaces will contribute to more context-sensitive EU external action, and will set a future research agenda for social science and humanities in the Pacific.

It is the first-ever network to develop extensive, durable collaboration between European and Pacific scholarly institutions, as well as between research institutions and local, national and international political agencies. While the emphasis of ECOPAS is on developing a long-term strategy for SSH research on the Pacific, strong links are also forged with climate research in the natural sciences.

Built on seven interrelated and complementary Work Packages, ECOPAS aims to define and strengthen the potential of European research in the Pacific by creating a platform and portal for knowledge exchanges, a long-term plan for capacity building, and a strategic plan for Pacific state and non-state involvement.

ECOPAS is hosted by four European university centres of excellence on Pacific research, in Norway, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands (BPS – Bergen, CREDO – Aix-Marseille, CPS – St. Andrews and CPAS – Nijmegen), and by two major Pacific institutions (the University of the South Pacific – Fiji and the National Research Institute – Papua New Guinea).

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