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Climate Change and Conflict

The Pacific and its Peoples in a Changing Climate: Workshop Report

Summary Report  No.175 - October, 2023 • By Volker Boege

This Summary Report from the ‘The Pacific and its Peoples in a Changing Climate: Pasifika Wisdom and Relational Security’ workshop, co-hosted by the Toda Peace Institute and the Australian National University Pacific Institute. It was held in Canberra in September 2023 and attended by around 50 researchers, practitioners and policymakers from Pacific Island countries, Australia and New Zealand with expertise on climate change, its environmental, social and cultural effects, climate security and environmental peacebuilding. This report addresses the key issue areas, summarises core arguments made and focuses on selected findings with particular relevance for research as well as for policy and practice.

Climate Change and Conflict

Pacific Island (Im)Mobilities in the 21st Century: Issues and debates

Policy Brief  No.174 - October, 2023 • By John R. Campbell

This Policy Brief focuses on international migration from and within the Pacific region. Its aim is to clarify some of the issues that link climate change with migration as well as to provide a baseline understanding of contemporary migration patterns in the region. Hopefully this will provide some context for considering the role of climate change-influenced migration that may have already occurred in some instances, and which may be anticipated in the future.

Climate Change and Conflict

Climate Change and Health: A Security Challenge in the Pacific Islands

Policy Brief  No.166 - August, 2023 • By John Connell

This Policy Brief discusses, and provides an overview of, the impacts of climate change on health in the Pacific Island countries (PICs). Physical and mental health in PICs is particularly vulnerable to climate change, both directly, as an outcome of temperature increases and hazards, and indirectly, through increased threats to livelihoods. The health impacts of climate change constitute a slowly increasing threat to human security, but policies and practices centred on workforce development may minimise such threats and risks. The Policy Brief concludes with suggestions and recommendations for policy directions.

Climate Change and Conflict

Barriers and Limits to Climate Security in the Pacific

Policy Brief  No.164 - July, 2023 • By Timothy Bryar

This policy brief seeks to examine the key barriers and limits preventing the Pacific from achieving its climate security goals through adaptation and what options might exist for the Pacific to overcome such constraints. Climate change remains the single greatest security threat to the Pacific Islands region. With emissions gaps persisting and agreements on mitigation efforts remaining contested, enabling opportunities for adaptation is now more crucial than ever for Pacific Island countries to meet their climate security ambitions.

Climate Change and Conflict

Pacific Community Relocations: Comparing Relocation Efforts in Alaska and Pacific

Policy Brief  No.157 - April, 2023 • By Barrett Ristroph

This Policy Brief compares communities in Alaska and the Pacific Islands, which are worlds apart in many ways, yet share cascading impacts from climate change. Communities in both geographies that may want to relocate have limited resources to do so without external assistance. Each country should have policies in place to provide assistance for community-led relocation based on the preferences, knowledge, and values of the affected communities. The private sector and churches could also play an important role. In many ways, relocation processes on Pacific Islands are more sophisticated than those in Alaska, and the United States could learn from the Pacific experience.