83rd Annual

Thursday, 13 February 2003: 2:30 PM
Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for the Pacific Island Water Resources: Challenges and Opportunities
Eileen L. Shea, East-West Center, Honolulu, HI
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The author will present key findings and recommendations from an initial assessment of climate impacts and response options for Pacific Island jurisdictions conducted as a regional contribution to the first U.S. National Assessment of the Consequences of Climate Variability and Change. The Pacific Islands Regional Assessment began in September 1999 and concluded with the October 2001 release of the final report entitled: Preparing for a Changing Climate: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for Pacific Islands. The Pacific Islands Regional Assessment addressed two, mutually supportive objectives:

· Develop a more complete understanding of the regional consequences of climate variability and change for Pacific Island jurisdictions; and

· Initiate and sustain an interactive dialogue among scientists, businesses, governments, and communities in the Pacific Region designed to promote the use of climate information to support practical decision-making.

The results of analytical studies, two major workshops and small-group discussions in key sectors provide insights into Pacific Island vulnerability in key areas (sustaining tourism, providing access to freshwater resources, sustaining agriculture, conserving coastal and marine resources, protecting public health, ensuring public safety and protecting community infrastructure). In keeping with one of the themes of the 83rd Annual Meeting – “Impacts of Water Variability: Benefits and Challenges” – the author will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing Pacific Island communities, governments and businesses struggling to enhance their resilience to climate-related changes in water resources.

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