SPREP is currently engaging in Knowledge Management for Climate Change as a result of past Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) meetings and the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC).
This is in line with Strategy CC2 of the SPREP Strategic Plan – Improving Capacity, Knowledge and Understanding of Climate Change and Risks Reduction. SPREP is involved in strategies to enhance and build capacity for conducting applied research, fostering meteorological, climatological, and oceanic observation and monitoring programmes to improve understanding, awareness, and applications of targeted responses to climate change and related disaster risk reduction.
Development of the Pacific Climate Change Portal (PCCP) was recommended at the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable meeting in 2008 and incorporated into PIFACC. The aim of the portal is to bring together all existing climate change information in the region. The portal will also build on existing regional initiatives by forming partnerships with climate change partners to avoid duplication and ensure that information is timely, correct and relevant to the Pacific.SPREP in partnership with other CROP and international organizations is undertaking initiatives to strengthen climate change and risk management applications by Members through enhanced systematic collection, analysis, and sharing of information integrated with social and economic situations and traditional knowledge.
Griffith University has secured funding under the Government Partnerships for Development (GPFD) program (an Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade initiative) to support the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in implementing a regional approach to climate change data and information management throughout the Pacific. GPFD
supports partnerships between Australian public sector organisations and developing country public sector organisations that promote sustained economic growth and poverty reduction by improving the effectiveness of governments.
Ensuring that the climate change data and information developed throughout the Pacific Region is effectively managed, discoverable, accessible and reusable will support both regional bodies and national governments to undertake more effective climate change adaptation and resilience planning.
The Pacific iCLIM
project commenced in March 2014 and will be delivered over the next two and a half years.
In November 2013, SPREP became one of the nine insitutions worldwide to become a member of the GOKH partnership facilitated by the University of Sussex, UK. The Global Open Knowledge Hub (GOKH) aims to improve the supply and accessibility of content that supports evidence informed policy making and practice by development actors. GOKH will produce the Oriel Open Knowledge Hub, an Open Data
platform for sharing and downloading digital content. Raising the profile of diverse perspectives on development and encouraging the contribution of content from the South will be a key aspect of the Hub, recognising that digital divides can be recreated within an Open Data environment.
Other partners include: