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 UNESCO Pacific Office's post. ...

We stand with the Government of #CookIslands and the PM Henry Puna to protect the ocean & advance ocean science - #MaraeMoana marine park sets the example #SDG14 - Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General. Cook Islands National Commission for UNESCO Ministry of Culture Cook Islands Cook Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration Cook Islands National Environment Service

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The Pacific region’s ability to address the challenges of climate change can be more effective if we continue to create opportunities for increased participation and leadership from our women. Speaking at the Women’s Leadership in Climate Diplomacy Breakfast organised by the Governments of Fiji and Australia, Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor said more needs to be done at the local, national and regional levels to improve engagement with women and girls. “In considering innovative advocacy and partnerships for climate diplomacy, this morning’s dialogue presents us with the opportunity to reflect on the leadership role of Pacific women – how they have, and how they must continue to be involved in driving solutions that seek to address our climate challenges,” said Dame Meg “Climate leadership and advocacy remains crucial for our region and must include the voices of all stakeholders. Outside of their intellectual contributions and initiative - I believe that women bring an intuitive perspective to all situations - we should recognise and capitalise on this as we build our resilience to climate change and disaster risks for our families, for our communities and countries.” Dame Meg recognised eight women who, she said, have “championed climate advocacy.” “These include in our national governments our Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in New York - Ambassadors Marlene Moses of Nauru, Jane Chigiyal of the Federated States of Micronesia, Amatalain Kabua of the Marshall Islands, Makareta Baaro of Kiribati and Olai Uludong of Palau, who have and who continue to be active climate champions and advocates for the region including through the broader Association of Small Island States. “In our regional agencies women such as Dr Netatua Pelesikoti from Tonga, who served the region as the Director of SPREP’s Climate Change Division until a few months ago. I also wish to recognise Ms Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner of the Marshall Islands, a strong climate activist, poet and strong voice for Pacific Youth, and Fiji’s Noelene Nabulivou, who leads campaigns that advocate for equality and partnerships on women and gender, climate change and sustainable development.” Dame Meg commended Fiji’s leadership role as incumbent President of the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23), drawing specific attention to the Gender Action Plan, a priority for their Presidency which “presents an opportunity to ensure that our global, regional and national aspirations around gender equality and women’s leadership and decision making is captured, resourced and tracked.” The Secretary General also praised the partnership between the Forum Secretariat, the Women’s Environment and Development Organisation and the Australian Government, which has resulted in 2 successful Pacific Women’s Climate Change Negotiators Workshop’s being conducted this year. Twenty participants from the workshops will be members of their country delegations at #COP23. Dame Meg said opportunities for strengthened participation of women also exist through the Pacific Resilience Partnership, which will implement the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific. You can read the Secretary General's full speech here:

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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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