The Consortium has designed WP5 which is coordinated by its Participant 5, the National Research Institute (NRI) of Papua New Guinea (PNG), to make recommendations on transferable strategies to involve Pacific non-state actors, local authorities, parliaments and the private sector in addressing climate change. This work package will coordinate and support a network of social sciences and humanities (SSH) researchers in PNG with connections reaching across the Pacific (in collaboration with WP4), and a knowledge exchange interface between research and policy (in collaboration with WP3).
WP5 will develop a platform from which an active network of SSH researchers in PNG can interact with each other and with colleagues across the Pacific, can more fully engage policy questions and stakeholders’ involvement in climate change mitigation, and can identify future research and training needs as well as areas for capacity building.
In collaboration with the University of the South Pacific (USP), the NRI will develop a pan-Pacific research network by co-hosting in 2013 the international conference focused on climate change in Suva (Fiji) and by conducting a network linkage and comparative fact-finding visit to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
The NRI will also analyse and monitor the social impacts of climate change and support the development of a broader expertise in the context of carbon-credit schemes, especially with regard to an international initiative: the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) carbon-credit policy. REDD+ is perceived to be an effective mechanism for mitigating the adverse effects of global warming and climate change. It places a commercial value on carbon that is maintained in storage in natural forests.