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Pacific Ocean and Climate
Crisis Assessment
(POCCA)

RESEARCH PROJECT

A partnership between

University of Canterbury

University of the South Pacific

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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This pioneering study aims to provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, multi-methodological and integrated assessment of the climate crisis and oceans covering 16 countries in the Pacific region. It gives voice to Pacific Indigenous knowledge systems and how they can work together in harmony with western scientific approaches.

COUNTRIES WITHIN PROJECT SCOPE

Cook Islands

Federated States of Micronesia

Fiji

Guam

Kiribati

Marshall Islands

Nauru

Niue

Palau

Papua New Guinea

Samoa

Solomon Islands

Timor Leste

Tokelau

Tonga

Tuvalu

Vanuatu

IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Marshall Islands, 2008
Marshall Islands, 2008

Waves crash into and erode graves on Jenrok Island.

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Fiji (2017)
Fiji (2017)

Murky brown water shooting out of taps post-long rainy spells in the area. Photo credit: Ulamila Wragg

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Samoa (2020)
Samoa (2020)

Severe flooding of village as a result of constant heavy rain, Vaimea Village. Photo credit: Tafia & Salamasina Tofa.

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Cook Islands, 2020
Cook Islands, 2020

Coastal land reclamation project. Photo credit: Melina Tuiravakai

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Niue (2020)
Niue (2020)

Cyclone Tino battering the coast of Avatele Bay, Avatele Village. Photo credit: Manila Nosa

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Federated States of Micronesia (2019)
Federated States of Micronesia (2019)

Small island with cemented coral rubble to elevate the height of the island as a result of sea level rise. Photo credit: Chloe-Ane Wragg

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Papua New Guinea (2021)
Papua New Guinea (2021)

Flooding of villages caused by new moon king tides, Harengan Island. Photo credit: Sea of Women Melanesia

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Tonga, 2022
Tonga, 2022

Makeshift seawall comprised of coral and sand rubble line the shoreline.

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Kiribati
Kiribati

Thatched huts on wooden stilts sit on the shoreline. Photo credit: University of the South Pacific

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Fiji (2016)
Fiji (2016)

Widespread wildfire ravaging hills above villages on Natewa Bay as result of long dry spell, Natewa Village. Photo credit: Ulamila Wragg

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Niue (2020)
Niue (2020)

Coral debris littering the village in the aftermath of Cyclone Tino, Avatele Village. Photo credit: Manila Nosa

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Cook Islands (2020)
Cook Islands (2020)

Coral bleaching, Muri Village. Photo credit: Tanga Morris

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THEMES

Indigenous Knowledge

Resilience

Risk Management

Mitigation

Adaptation

Ecological Sustainability

Food Crisis

Food Security

Human Security

Social Protection

Infrastructural Impacts

Infrastructural Development

Community Health

Mobility

INTERNATIONAL SCOPE

Researchers and academics, including members of the POCCA project team, joined a discussion on issues that matter for the Pacific in the COP26 climate meetings.

The discussion also served as a soft launch for the POCCA Project.

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