Welcome to the USP-European Union Global Climate Change Alliance (USP EUGCCA)

What We Do

The Global Climate Change Alliance is an initiative of the European Union, launched in 2007 and coordinated by the European Commission, aimed at strengthening dialogue and cooperation on climate change with developing countries most vulnerable to climate change and supporting their efforts to develop and implement adaptation and mitigation responses. The GCCA is a global alliance, involving a wide range of partners across the world with a focus on helping the most vulnerable developing countries to more effectively address the challenges associated with climate change. The Pacific component of the Intra-ACP project in support of the GCCA is being implemented by the University of the South Pacific (USP) through the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD). In order to meet the challenges of climate change in 15 identified Pacific ACP countries a four year and 8 million Euro project was finalised in 2010 between the USP and the European Commission. Now known as the USP-EU GCCA project, itsmain purpose is to develop and strengthen the Pacific ACP countries’ capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change. This objective will be achieved through the training of national and regional experts on climate change and adaptation as well as the development and implementation of sustainable strategies for community adaptation to climate change, based on improved understanding of impacts of climate change and variability in the Pacific region. It is also expected that the project will contribute to the establishment of a network of national and regional specialists on climate change who will support communities, governments within PACP countries, NGOs, and regional organisations in their efforts to address the effects of climate change through a long-term, sustainable approach.

Capacity Building

This component focuses on training and developing a cadre of local skilled professionals sufficiently large and deep to support and guide governments, NGOs and regional development partners in their efforts to adapt to climate change, and to train others in adaptation especially at community level.

Formal Training This is part of a formal course of study at the University of the South Pacific.  The principal component of this is postgraduate training, which is primarily intended for people in the Pacific Islands involved with medium-to-long term 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, e.g. because of the impact of climate on agriculture, water resources, coastal zones, health etc.  The aim is to give them the background they need in climate change science, impacts, adaptation and policy. The training is given a practical focus by including contributions to community projects and targeted research. The project will also look at developing a Postgraduate Diploma in Disaster Risk Management Programme.

Non-Formal Training The non-formal training will organise capacity building workshops and training of trainers program to improve the knowledge and skills of the climate change practitioners in the region. This knowledge and skills will focus on climate change related topics, but also practical management skills, such as project management, written and oral presentation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation of project, conflict management,etc. Two sessions of the non-formal training programs will be carried on within the duration of the projects. The topics and skills covered by these sessions will be determined by the needs and demands from the practitioners.

Community Engagement

Through this component it is expected that by the end of the project, there is a marked increase and improvement in the resiliency of local communities who will be better equipped with the skills to develop, implement and sustain long term adaptation strategies.

Focus on priorities identified by National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA) and National Communications to the UN-FCCC. Demonstration sites identified and selected through consultation with National Climate Change Focal Points and Communities. Sectors will be selected based on existing stress on communities Community Engagement Component – Networking The locally Managed Climate Change Adaptation (LMCCA) Network will be developed to facilitate the dissemination of lessons learnt at the demonstration sites and the best practices to other communities in the Region. The USP Knowledge Centre will be the Resources Reference Centre for this Network

Applied Research

The key outcomes of this component is for the development of tools for monitoring and projecting climate change in the Pacific Islands region are developed and in use as well as adaptive strategies best suited for the Pacific is formulated for a range of economic sectors.

Analysis of Observations and Models on Future Projections of climate variabilty and change

  • For downscaling to national and local scales
  • To stimulate the impacts and risks of climate variablity, change and extreme events

Assessment of Disaster Risk and Vulnerability

  • Decadal trends of climate variability, change and extreme events
  • Sector specific assesments of the potential vulnerabilities

Formulation of appropriate Adaptation Strategies and Practices

  • Based on knowledge gained from applied scientific research
  • Integrating and mainstreaming Traditional Knowledge

Where We Work

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