International Workshop on “Climate Change and Conflict in the Pacific”

September 28-30, 2018
Auckland, New Zealand

Toda Peace Institute and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago will organize an interactive workshop on “Climate Change and Conflict in the Pacific: Prevention, Management and the Enhancement of Community Resilience” from 28-30 September at the Auckland Centre of University of Otago in New Zealand. The workshop will bring together international experts on climate change, security policymakers and local peacebuilding practitioners and civil society actors in the Pacific. The workshop will be attended by 35 men and women from Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Countries. Kevin Clements, Director of Toda Peace Institute says, “The effects of climate change are already being felt. It is vital that we acknowledge its impact while initiating meaningful conversations between experts and people on the ground who are increasingly dealing with its realities.” The workshop is structured to explore a host of economic and cultural realities—and problems—that will all dictate how Pacific peoples and states respond to climate change. While there is comprehensive research on climate change and security at a global level with regional foci on Africa, the Sahel Zone and the Middle East, Oceania so far has attracted far less attention. This is surprising given the vulnerability of the region to the conflict-driving effects of climate change. The key goal of the workshop is to set a framework for research that informs policy, promote dialogue between researchers, governments and social agencies and people in the region, and produce real-world initiatives to address one of the region’s most pressing issues—climate change.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Kevin Clementskevin.clements@otago.ac.nz+64-21-247-1103
Ria Shibataria.shibata@otago.ac.nz+64-21-772-338

For more information, see workshop information.



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