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Pacific leaders continue to call for assistance as they strive to understand, predict, and adapt to a changing climate. Pacific island states are some of the most vulnerable in the world to climate change; recognizing this, several Pacific island states were key members of the High Ambition Coalition at the Conference of Parties 21 in Paris. The development and delivery of actionable information about climate patterns and trends – and their impacts on communities, businesses and ecosystems – is essential to many aspects of policy, planning, and decision-making. Consultation between technical assistance providers, communities and decision makers is critical to ensuring such information is useful, useable and used. Please join May’s speakers, Britt Parker and Dr. John Marra of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as they share approaches and outcomes from a two year program to support climate change adaptation in the Pacific Islands, including the development of a climate services storybook that provides case studies for decision-makers.
NOAA, working through the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), undertook a two-year, $2.0 million program from 2012-2014 to support climate change adaptation in the Pacific Small Island Developing States by conducting a series of activities to enhance scientific and technical capacity. These activities were designed to strengthen end-to-end climate services and adaptation capabilities working with the Pacific Island Meteorological Services and other regional organizations to support robust and sustained capacity development consistent with the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). With an emphasis on engagement and consultation between service providers and users, activities carried out over the life of the project included the Pacific Islands Climate Services Forum, a series of in-country climate service dialogues, updated products and services, the advancement of core capabilities of the countries to deliver products and services focused on regional issues, and culminated in the release of the climate services storybook electronically and via web presence (http://pacificislandsclimate.org/csstories/
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