The Pacific Community is the principal scientific and technical international organisation in the Pacific region, working at both the regional and national level to support members in achieving their development goals. Building upon knowledge and competence, it delivers training, technical assistance and policy advice to sustainably manage terrestrial, marine and human resources of the region.
SPC has been implementing activities that are directly or indirectly linked to addressing climate change related risks and constraints facing PICTs for many years. These are, particularly, activities to build national capacity, identify, reduce, prevent and/or manage risks and natural disasters linked to climate change impacts, strengthen climate resilience for PICTs in a number of sectors (eg. resilient crops, fisheries techniques), promote solutions for adaptation to climate change (eg. erosion protection) or support PICTs in their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint (eg. energy efficiency, renewable energy). SPC brings a wide range of expertise – especially scientific, technical, and data management skills – that can assist PICTs to address climate change-related knowledge gaps.
SPC’s work covers key economic, environmental and social sectors. These include the natural resources sector (agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, water); the human and social development sector (education, health, sanitation, culture, gender, youth, human rights); the economic development sector (energy, information and communication technology, infrastructure, transport); the oceans and islands sector (coastal zone management, geological assessments, seabed mapping, maritime boundary delineation); cross-cutting areas (disaster risk reduction, statistics and demography, food security); and research, policy analysis and advice. SPC has recently established a Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability programme to coordinate efforts across the organisation and mainstream climate change and environmental issues in the various sectors.