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Three years of EU-Pacific collaboration through PACE-Net Plus

Setting a science, technology and innovation agenda for addressing development challenges

April 20, 2017

Since 2013, experts in the EU and South Pacific have come together through the Pacific-Europe Network (PACE-Net Plus) project, a bi-regional platform to build cooperation in science, technology and innovation (ST&I). For three years, 16 partners, including CTA, brought big ideas and ambitions for strengthening EU-Pacific research cooperation to address global challenges such as food and nutrition security, climate change and health.

Agritourism: Pairing opportunity with development

Agritourism Policy Setting workshop, 21-22 November 2017, Honiara, Solomon Islands

November 20, 2017

A two-day workshop is being organised by the Government of the Solomon Islands in partnership with CTA, the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Pacific Community (SPC). All key stakeholders in the agriculture, tourism, trade and health sectors will be brought together with the aim of developing and supporting local businesses in serving tourism-related markets in the Solomon Islands.

Topographic relief model captures the past and present to help plan the future of Nauru

Participatory three-dimensional modelling for rehabilitation, conservation and protection of ecosystems in Nauru

March 21, 2017

The beauty of participatory three-dimensional modelling (P3DM) is that it is highly visual and tactile: local people manufacture a relief model of the territory where they live and plot on it land uses and related vulnerabilities, as well as local resources and socio-cultural features. P3DM has proved to be an effective tool for collaborative planning and natural resource management worldwide. This practice was introduced in Nauru, in April 2016, with the main purpose of encouraging cooperation between communities and local government, while seeking ecological resilience. Nauru is an isolated Pacific island striving to drive viable developments after a century of uncontrolled extractive industry, economic recessions, failed investments and heightened exposure to the impacts of climate change.

March 10, 2017

The effects of climate change are more and more clear and even worrying in some parts of the Pacific Islands. Herman P. Semes observes the challenge of climate variability and change every day. Chief of Pohsoain, a farming community of 80 inhabitants located on the Pohnpei Island of the Federated States of Micronesia, Semes believes livelihoods can be improved with new knowledge. “We grew up knowing that during the year, there are times when there is going to be rainy season followed by sunny season but, as times went on, we began to see changes in the weather. For example, we used to have the eastern trade winds coming during the month of November each year and now it is being delayed to December, January, and the strength of the wind is stronger. In Pohnpei, the weather these days is very unpredictable,” says the Chief of Pohsoain.