Pacific island countries show a unique combination of geographical, biological, cultural and economic characteristics. However, many of the Pacific island countries are extremely vulnerable to climate change. The islands are undergoing rapid urbanisation and the resulting increased population density magnifies the effects of events caused by climate change. Thus, developing a regional strategy for pacific island climate change services through effective engagement with key stakeholders is important in dealing with the Pacific challenges.
In a recent visit in Suva, Fiji, Dr Tapan Sarker, Director of Engagement of Department of International Business and Asian Studies engaged with government, university and private sector stakeholders to present and share ideas to help meet the Pacific challenges towards a sustainable future.
“It is great to have the opportunity to develop new projects in the area of sustainable development in the Pacific region,” Dr Sarker said.
During his visit, Dr Sarker presented a seminar on building the business case for climate change adaptation at the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD), which was opened in response to the region’s need for further research of the environment. The Centre aims to empower the people of the Pacific with the knowledge to be able to adapt to the impacts of climate change and pursue sustainable development.
He also presented a seminar on the role of climate finance and sustainable development in the Pacific at the MBA program at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. The seminar was attended by business sector professionals and leading industry bodies in Fiji.