Skilling Pacific Communities for Resilience

Climate Change is being felt more frequently; with the impacts of natural disasters becoming more drastic, we’re seeing more landslides, droughts, inundation and sea-level rise … and these impacts extend on to affect food security, communal living, economies and more. Governments, agencies and communities have been responding to Climate Change and its impacts in many ways. Some of the more tangible responses have been with the setup or upgrade of equipment and facilities to be able to deal with some of these climate-induced emergencies and there has also been a lot of training for first responders and communities around preparedness and resilience in dealing with disasters and the on-going effects of climate change. Since 2014, the European Union-funded PacTVET project has been working towards mainstreaming climate change adaptation, and sustainable energy in tertiary curricula in 14 Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste. The project has been jointly implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the University of the South Pacific.