Under its five-year, $328.2-million International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative (ICCAI), the Australian Government supported two major research programs to provide targeted climate information to Pacific island countries – the Pacific Climate Change Science Program and the Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science Adaptation Planning program.
These programs involved fifteen Pacific island partner countries and were managed by the Department of the Environment in partnership with AusAID. They were jointly delivered by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Most recently, Pacific Climate Change Science and Services Outreach Project has undertaken a range of activities to facilitate uptake of the PACCSAP climate science knowledge products.
Pacific Climate Change Science Program (2009–11)
The Pacific Climate Change Science Program (PCCSP) delivered targeted information on past, current and possible future climate for partner countries. This program culminated in the delivery of the comprehensive report – Climate Change in the Pacific: a Scientific Assessment and New Research. The research was complemented by the development of computer-based climate tools and an extensive capacity building program. The PCCSP End of Program Report provides more detail about the science and capacity building activities.
Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science Adaptation Planning program (2011–14)
The Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science Adaptation Planning (PACCSAP) program built on the success of the PCCSP. Through the program, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO undertook a range of science, communication and capacity building activities to improve the understanding of the current and future climate for partner countries.
Through PACCSAP, the Australian Government worked closely with governments and regional organisations throughout the Pacific to ensure the program met the priority needs of partner countries.
In addition to CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the following organisations were involved in delivering PACCSAP:
- Geoscience Australia
- University of New South Wales
- Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
- Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
- World Bank
- Asian Development Bank
- Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH
Pacific Climate Change Science and Services Outreach Project (2016–18)
This outreach project was designed to facilitate uptake of the PACCSAP climate science knowledge products by sectors in partner Pacific Island countries, with emphasis on targeted communication, capacity development and coordination via National Met Services. The project is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is being led by CSIRO (Oceans and Atmosphere) as a joint initiative with SPREP (through the Pacific Met Desk Partnership) and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.