GCCA+ Masters of Climate Change in the Pacific

5 August 2020

Roslyn Nand from Fiji is one of the four students from the Pacific who has been awarded a scholarship in Masters of Climate Change. Her studies will focus on Integrating Gender equity in small-scale fisheries to improve food security resilience in Fiji, thanks to the European Union- funded Intra ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) project.

“As a teacher I felt I needed to know more in order to deliver better”, said Ms Nand, who was previously teaching at Sacred Heart College in Fiji. “This would help me create a generation that would understand the causes and effects of climate change and be responsible for their actions”. She said her research would focus on generation gender equity in small-scale fisheries to improve food security resilience. “Fiji being an island nation and fish being one of the major food sources, it made me focus on the fisheries sector”, she said in an interview with the Fiji Sun.

It is estimated that women carry out almost 50% of fishing activities that are crucial to Pacific livelihoods, however their contribution towards food security and family well-being is rarely recognized.

The European Union- funded PACRES project announced the names of the students who will benefit from the full-time scholarship programme in climate change and food security. The University of the South Pacific (USP) is implementing selected components of two EU GCCA+ projects — GCCA+ Scaling Up Pacific Adaptations (SUPA), led by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Intra-ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change & Resilience Building (PACRES), led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

USP leads the capacity building components of both projects. A scholarship programme to support postgraduate students working in the area of climate change is included in the PACRES project.

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