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.

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Pacific Islands Forum promotes greater opportunity for rural women and girls at #CSW62. Through collective action as one #BluePacific continent the Pacific Islands Forum will work to ensure that its most marginalised populations, especially women and girls in rural areas, share equally in the benefits of future development, President of the Republic of #MarshallIslands, H.E Hilda Heine has told the sixty second session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Delivering a statement on behalf of the Forum, President Heine commended the Commission for focussing this year on the empowerment and development of rural women and girls saying, “this is especially important considering the impact of climate change related disasters that disproportionately affect rural Pacific communities where rural women are doubly impacted and fare worse than rural men and urban women due to their unequal status and often isolated and fragile locations.” “The Pacific Islands Forum’s Framework for #PacificRegionalism and the landmark 2012 Pacific Leaders #GenderEquality Declaration underpin our collective and country level efforts in support of gender equality. We are committed to supporting rural Pacific women in key areas of: gender responsive government policies and programmes; decision making and leadership; economic empowerment; ending violence against women and education and sexual reproductive health services.” President Heine highlighted the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific as example of the Forum’s commitment towards prioritising vulnerable communities such as rural women in coordinating the region’s response to the adverse effects of climate change and disaster. “In addition, we are promoting regional initiatives that advance the rights of rural women through access to health, improved connectivity, appropriate, and accessible ICT, economic and social opportunities and better returns for women in the fisheries and agriculture sector, labour mobility opportunities, and realisation of the rights of rural women and girls with disabilities.” President Heine stressed the importance of enabling rural women and girls to be meaningful partners in global efforts towards sustainable development and call for greater investment and promotion of global and regional programmes that aim at, “transforming social norms and addressing systematic discrimination faced by rural women in Pacific societies; build the resilience, leadership and empowerment of rural women, impacted by climate change and frequent and intensifying disasters; and support better connectivity, access to ICT, better infrastructure, safe transport and provision of essential health, justice, decent work, economic empowerment services including services for rural women subject to gender based violence.” The sixty second session began on the 12th March and continues for the next two weeks. A copy of the full speech is available from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat website:

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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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