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USP’s Emalus Campus Launches Climate Change Public Lecture Series

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USP Vanuatu students with Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator and Australian PhD student Ms Amy Savage.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Emalus Campus in Port Vila, Vanuatu has launched a public lecture series on Climate Change.

Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator of Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) initiated the series following numerous studies on the impact of climate change in Vanuatu by researchers from all over the world.

“Vanuatu has been a victim of climate change and numerous studies pertaining to its impacts have been studied in the country by various researchers hence we have initiated these studies to be elaborated to the students, staff and public at the Campus,” he explained.

Dr Krishna stated that the various dimensions used to quantify the impact of climate change is very interesting and knowledgeable.

“We also want to showcase USP and Emalus Campus’ potential in partnering with best researchers and exposing our students to field-based knowledge. We have initiated this launch with two public lectures being delivered at the Emalus Campus by Professor Elisa Fornale and Ms Amy Savage,” he stated.

Ms Savage, an Australian PhD student at Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health in The University of Queensland presented on 4 April 2018 on the “Impacts of climate change on food and nutrition security and non-communicable diseases in Vanuatu”.

She wanted to quantify climate change impacts on food security and eventually on the health of the people. USP students will be part of the surveys for her study in Vanuatu.

Professor Fornale from the World Trade Institute University of Bern in Switzerland delivered her lecture on 9 April 2018, “Placing Environmental Degradation, Human Mobility and Human Development on the Map”.

According to her, climate change has affected the lives of many people around the world and for Vanuatu, it has become one of the contributing factors to migration and displacement of people.

Dr Kotra added that the series of lectures will bring in new ideas for students and staff at the Campus besides being updated with the technology and mode of study in assessing the impacts on various natural resources,” he said. 

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