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Training Courses


Students may take these courses either as a single unit or as part of the USP Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Islands and Oceans Management or (subject to approval) another PG Diploma.  For information about enrolment, contact the FIO Postgraduate Officer (garry_m (at) ).

         ES414 Climate change impacts vulnerability and adaptation

This course is offered annually in Semester 1, commencing in 2008. Course co-ordinator: Dr Tony Weir (weir_t @

This course will be relevant to anyone involved with planning for natural resources, economic and social development, and/or the natural environment, especially graduates working in governments or NGOs who are not yet familiar with climate-related issues but need to be so.

FI414 is taught in hybrid DFL/ on-campus mode, with most of the course conducted by directed reading. Students will also be expected to attend the Laucala campus for a 2-week intensive period in the second half of the semester.

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Training Institute on Climate & Extreme Events 2004 - 2006

Two training courses was conducted through the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD) at the University of the South Pacific (USP). The START-Oceania Secretariat works closely with PACE-SD and is located at PACE-SD in USP, Suva, Fiji.
The Training Institute on Climate and Extreme Events was a three year project designed to create a regional network of scientist, decision makers and institution skilled in climate information and services.
Brief training is available through the two-week "Pacific Island Training Institute on Climate and Extreme Events". The APN CAPaBLE programme is one of the major funders for this training.

Intensive training is provided through the semester-long postgraduate course on Vulnerability and Adaptation.

Details of these courses is given below:

The Kiribati Training Institute on Climate and Extreme Events(KITCEE)

21st July - 2nd August 2006

The Kiribati Training institute represented the third and final phase of a three year training and capacity building project being undertaken jointly by USP, EWC, and NIWA. Principal support for the overall project - the Pacific Islands Training Institute on Climate Extrem Events - was provided by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research(APN), the U.S National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) and the three partner institutions.

Additonal ontributions were provided by SPREP and Kiribati's  Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture and form the risk mangement programs of SOPAC, BOM, the Pacific ENSO Applications Centre(PEAC) and other collaborators in the Asia-Pacific region.


Pacific Island Training Institute on Climate and Extreme Events

15-26 June, 2004

This joint Training Institute was convened by USP's Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD); the East-West Center (EWC), Hawaii; and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand at the USP Laucala campus, Suva, Fiji. The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) CAPaBLE programme, and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were the major sponsors with additional contributions from USP, EWC and NIWA.  

Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), such as those in the Pacific region, are considered among the most vulnerable to the consequences of climate variability and change and associated extreme weather events. The training institute was expected to assist in the development of a regional network of scientists, forecasters, disaster management officials and resource managers skilled in the development and use of climate information to increase the resilience of Pacific Island nations in the face of climate-related extreme events. 

The institute comprised of an intensive programme of lectures, small group discussions, training sessions in a computer lab and collaborative research activities.

Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment Training  Postgraduate course

The Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment Training comprises the equivalent of two postgraduate courses at the University of the South Pacific USP). The intensive semester-long course is run through daily tutorials, lectures, fieldwork and other activities. The successful completion of this course entitles you to a postgraduate certificate.

This course in conducted through funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Japanese Government, and USP.

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