European Consortium for Pacific Studies

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

An overview of the pacific-studies.net framework and the context of its development is now available: Leaflet about pacific-studies.net (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.

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Regional Meeting on Climate Change and Migration in the Pacific 7-9 Dec 2016. Suva, Fiji. This regional meeting is a joint collaboration between the Pacific Climate Change Migration Project (PCCM) (implemented by the UNESCAP the ILO and the UNDP) and the PIF with support from International Organisation for Migration and the United Nations University. The meeting is a key activity of the PCCM which is a EU funded project that aims to develop the capacity of PIF members, to address the impacts of climate change on migration through well-managed, rights-based migration schemes and policy frameworks, supported by comprehensive research and knowledge building. The project assists target countries (Nauru, Kiribati and Tuvalu) in three ways: knowledge building through the collection and analysis of information, technical capacity development in increasing labour migration opportunities, and the facilitation of a regional meeting and collaboration on the critical issues facing the region with respect to climate change induced migration. You can find more details about the regional meeting here: www.unescap.org/events/regional-meeting-climate-change-and-migration-pacific With the inclusion of migration and human mobility in the final text of the new Paris COP21 agreement, the world has taken a pivotal step towards addressing the issue of environmentally induced migration. The challenge now is to determine how governments will account for, protect, and support people who are facing increasing impacts of climate change and who decide to migrate in search of better livelihoods. To shed light on the issue, the key partners of the Pacific Climate Change and Migration Project - United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) together with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), shared at a COP21 Press briefing on 2 Dec 2015 the key results of the first-ever nationally representative household survey on climate change and migration in the Pacific ... a participatory research, including surveys and interviews with 6,852 individuals representing 852 households in Kiribati, Nauru, and Tuvalu. You can download those must read reports here: www.unescap.org/subregional-office/pacific/pacific-climate-change-and-migration-project Happy reading!

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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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