Waves of Change:
Climate Change in the Pacific Islands and Implications for Hawai‘i
4-6 April 2013


Blue Planet Foundation is a local nonprofit organization committed to ending the use of fossil fuels on Earth, starting in Hawaiʻi. We can eliminate Hawaiʻi’s dependency on imported oil by switching to local, clean, renewable sources of energy. The result? Energy security, economic growth, job creation, environmental protection, and a better quality of life for Hawai‘i residents. Through educational outreach, advancing sound policy, and developing programs that connect island communities with effective solutions, Blue Planet Foundation is fostering Hawai‘i’s clean energy future.

The Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP) has achieved a lot over the last few years.  In September 2012, ICAP’s core staff and projects physically moved from the University of Hawai‘i (UH) Sea Grant College Program to the UH William S Richardson School of Law, where we are known as Loli Aniau, Maka‘ala Aniau (Climate Change, Climate Alert) or “LAMA.” Locating LAMA at the Law School will support our continued focus on law and policy as well as the expansion of partnerships with Native Hawaiian communities. LAMA is currently housed in the Law School’s Environmental Law Program offices and we will collaborate with Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, among other partners. LAMA’s mission is to catalyze climate adaptation and resiliency by engaging communities in Hawaiʻi and beyond through innovative training and policy tools that link decision-makers with the university, island communities, and the public as well as private sectors.

Climate Change and Pacific Islands: Indicators and Impacts
This report developed by the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) is aimed at assessing the state of knowledge about climate change indicators, impacts, and adaptive capacity of the Hawaiian archipelago and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). The PIRCA is a collaborative effort engaging federal, state, and local government agencies, non-government organizations, academia, businesses, and community groups to inform and prioritize their activities in the face of a changing climate.

The Humåtak Project is a community effort working to restore Guam’s watersheds, coral reefs, and fisheries. The project began in 2002 after local fishermen became distressed over a decline in their catch, largely due to sedimentation on coral reefs.

The Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) supports biodiversity conservation and related sustainable development for the people of Micronesia in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of Palau (ROP), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the US Territory of Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

The Pacific Calling Partnership began in Australia in 2006 in response to calls from the Pacific Islands for action on climate change and in recognition of the negative impact climate change was having on the peoples of Kiribati, Tuvalu, islands of the Torres Strait, and other Pacific Islands. PCP is committed to listening to what Islanders are saying about imminent threats to their way of life and collaborating with them in passing this important message on. PCP strives to facilitate links between concerned people in Australia, and Pacific Islands that are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 

The Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD; PACE for short) was born from the University of the South Pacific’s (USP) 1999 Strategic Plan and the collective thinking of the USP Advisory Group on Environment (AGE). PACE-SD has established itself as a Centre of Excellence for Environmental Education and Research in the Pacific Island Region.

The Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative provides a range of scientific and technical tools to help managers in Hawai‘i, the Mariana Islands, American Sāmoa, and other Pacific Island groups make informed decisions for landscape-scale conservation of natural and cultural resources including climate models at the archipelagic and island scales, ecological response models, and implementation and monitoring strategies for island species, resources, and communities. Our goal is to help managers reach explicit biocultural conservation objectives in the face of climate change and ongoing threats such as fire, land conservation, and invasive species.

The Pacific Islands Managed and Protected Area Community (PIMPAC) aims to provide continuous opportunities for the sharing of information, expertise, practice, and experience to develop and strengthen area-based management capacity throughout the Pacific Islands region.

The Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (Pacific RISA) program supports Pacific island and coastal communities to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate variability and change. We strive to enhance Pacific communities’ abilities to understand, plan for, and respond to changing climate conditions. Our work is conducted though interdisciplinary research and partnership with local, national, and regional stakeholders. As one of nine US RISA programs, the Pacific RISA emphasizes the engagement of communities, governments, and businesses in developing effective policies to build resilience in key sectors such as water resource management, coastal and marine resources, fisheries, agriculture, tourism, disaster management and public health.

The Palau Conservation Society (PCS) works to empower our communities to steward Palau’s environment. Our vision is: Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy Communities. Our Mission is to work with the community to preserve the nation’s unique natural environment and perpetuate its conservation ethic for the economic and social benefit of present and future generations of Palauans and for the enjoyment and education of all. PCS’s mission highlights our commitment to the environment and to Palauan communities. We believe strongly in maintaining and perpetuating the Palauan conservation ethic to existing generations and beyond. We respect the Palauan culture and the science of conservation. We are a community-based organization that implements conservation activities through partnerships.

United Nations Development Programme – Climate Change
Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. Receding forests, changing rainfall patterns, and rising sea levels will exacerbate existing economic, political and humanitarian stresses and affect human development in all parts of the world. As the leading global organization in the fight against poverty, with a presence in 177 countries and territories, UNDP is responding on the front lines of climate change–where it hits the world’s 2.6 billion poorest people the hardest. UNDP works with national, regional, and local planning bodies to help them respond effectively to climate change and promote low-emission, climate-resilient development. UNDP support focuses on three areas: connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life; helping countries build more resilient societies; and strengthening the capacity of countries to access, manage and account for climate finance.