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The PaCE-SD Seminar Series is a weekly feature at the university during the semester. The seminars promote scientific research and dialogue and provide a platform for graduate students, local and visiting scientists and professionals to share their research and ideas with an audience of people from various backgrounds. The seminar series extends beyond the university community and features speakers from regional development agencies, government and non-governmental organisations and communities as well.


Next Seminar: 12-1pm on Tuesday 25th April at the MSP Lecture Theatre, Lower Campus, Suva, FIJI


 

 

          

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To schedule a seminar and/or to be included

in our mailing list, please contact:


Dr. Awnesh Singh
Seminar Coordinator
Email: awnesh.singh@usp.ac.fj
Tel: +679 3232 666

Ms. Sarika Chand
Communications Consultant
Email: sarika.chand@usp.ac.fj
Tel: +679 3231 934


Mr. Christopher Ward
Graphics Officer
Email: christopher.ward@usp.ac.fj
Tel: +679 3231 834


Mr. Jaynesh Kumar
Information Technology Officer
Email: jaynesh.kumar@usp.ac.fj
Tel: +679 3231 088




Mr. Leone Limalevu


Dr. Nathan Wales

Jone Tuiipelehaki

Communications Consultant

Email: jone.tuiipelehaki@usp.ac.fj

Tel: +679 3231 834

 

Ms Sainimere Veitata

Email: veitata_s(at)usp.ac.fj

Job title: Project Officer 

USP EU-GCCA Project

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Upcoming speakers

02/05 - Vacant

09/05 - Dr. Marta Ferreira, School of Marine Studies, USP

16/05 - Mr. Jovesa Tagivakatini, School of Geography, USP

18/05 - Ms. Aliti Koroi/Ms. Tupeope Samani, EU-GCCA Project, USP






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Pacific Climate Diplomacy Seminar Series

School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA) in collaboration with the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD). 

In 2017, Fiji chairs the global climate change negotiations at the United Nations, the first time a Pacific island country has done so. Fiji has vowed to lead the global climate talks on behalf of all Pacific island countries.  Global efforts to tackle climate change stand at a crossroads. The 2015 Paris Agreement was widely seen as a diplomatic breakthrough. The agreement represents a shared political commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, the UNFCCC member states must now finalise the ‘rule-book’ that accompanies the Paris Agreement and put forward ambitious pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Action must be taken quickly, before catastrophic rates of warming are ‘locked in’. 


Pacific leaders have, for decades, understood climate change as a problem of international relations. Through concerted diplomatic strategies, island ambassadors and political leaders have proposed, and gained support for, global solutions intended to tackle climate change. 2017 presents a new opportunity for Pacific diplomacy.  Can Pacific island countries convince major emittors to accept the scale of action required to begin the shift towards a zero-emissions global economy? This seminar series explores the past, and prospects, for Pacific climate diplomacy. Throughout 2017 a range of speakers – including academics, diplomats, political leaders, scientists, community and civil society representatives – will deliver public seminars that explore the Pacific’s role in the global climate negotiations.



Ms. Ashlie Denton

The ties that bind: Networked actors in Pacific Island diplomacy


Dr. Simon Bradshaw

Friend or Foe? Australian climate policy post-Paris and implications for the Pacific





Prof. Virginia Murray

Climate Change Risks and Impacts and teh UN Landmark Agreements of 2015


Panel Discussion

Management of Marine Environment in Fiji


Prof. Sung Min Boo

Diversity and distribution of marine algae from Korea


Panel Discussion

Impact of harmful algal blooms and ciguatera on coastal zones: detection tolls and applications


Ms. Chloe Martias

Color of the Ocean by an Oceanographer


Mr. Matthias Balagny and Ms. Mina Vilayleck

Become a Young Climate and Environment Observer


Dr. Jeremy Hills

Great Expectations: Is the Pacific Ready for the Green Climate Fund?


Ms. Andra Lazarescu

Beyond H20: Elements of Water Resource Management


Ms. Rebecca McNaught

Mainstreaming climate change adaptation: A study of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement


Dr. Tabea Lissner

Climate Impacts at 1.5°C and 2°C: where half a degree makes a difference


Mr. Jonathan Lynn

Working with the IPCC: Opportunities for the Pacific Science and Policy Communities


Dr. Andrew McGregor

Vulnerability of Pacific Agriculture and Forestry to Climate Change


Dr. Ian Fry

Pacific Island Climate Change Insurance Facility and Legal Protection for People Displaced by Climate Change


Prof. Elisabeth Holland

PaCE-SD: Collaborating to Empower


Prof. Jon Barnett

Climate Change and Migration: Findings from the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report


Ms. Samanunu Simpson

The acoustic communication of Spinner dolphins at Moon Reef, Fiji


Ms. Linda Vaike

An evaluation of the effectiveness of aid for climate change adaptation in the Pacific region


Ms. Avnita Goundar

Sustainable shipping: anchored or adrift in the Pacific's emissions targets?


Dr. Evanthie Michalena

Strategic management of renewable energy in the Pacific Islands (PICTs)


Panel Discussion

Deep Sea Mining: Some analysis of the general legal framework


Prof. Shin-ichi Uye

Jellyfish blooms as a threat to fisheries sustainability: studies in the East Asian Marginal Seas


Ms. Annika Dean

Dr. Eleanor John
Warm ocean processes and carbon cycling in the Eocene 'Greenhouse'

Mr. Alvin Chandra

Ms. Amanda Bertana


Ms. Salote Waqairatu

Shrimp aquaculture and viral disease: Improving molecular detection methods


Dr. Cyprien Bosserelle

Coastal Inundation Hindcasting and Forecasting in Fringing Reefs


Ms. Deborah Rhodes
Culturally-savvy capacity development for climate change responses

UNISDR

International Day for Disaster Reduction: Knowledge for Life


Dr. Jeremy Hills
Why do climate change adaptation policies usually fail?

Dr. Marta Ferreira
Biomarkers in Sentinel species: Early warning tools in environmental monitoring

Dr. Awnesh Singh

"Godzilla" El Niño on its way!



Dr. Michelle McKeown
Midges as a tool for reconstructing long-term Climate Change
Ms. Shilpa Lal
35 days at sea: A journey of extraordinary experiences aboard an oceanographic research vessel
Prof. Elisabeth Holland

Pacific Leadership in Climate Change: En route to Paris and COP21


Mr. Nicolas Beriot
On the way to a global climate alliance in Paris

Prof. David Lecchini

The impacts of climate change on coral reefs in French Polynesia


Ms. Moleen Nand

Application of DSSAT SUBSTOR potato model in Fiji: Yield production, vulnerability and lessons learnt


Ms. Clare White, Mr. Moortaza Jiwanji and Ms Selaima Maitoga


Prof. Richard Kenchington

Barriers to the application of Science in Coastal Zone Management


Dr. Ian Fry

An insider's perspective on the Climate Change negotiations: Will we have a new agreement in Paris?


Ms. Chloe Martias

Coloured Lagoons of the South Pacific


Ms. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

Iep Jeltok: Poetry, Personal Journey and Activism


Dr. Wuu-Kuang Soh

Plant ecophysiological response to increase atmospheric CO2 and its implication for future flood risk


Prof. Simon Donner

Can past climate experience help coral reefs cope with climate change?


Ms. Siu Pouvalu

Community Mapping and Quantum GIS: A disaster risk mapping tool-kit for local communities


Mr. Jacob Salcone

Economics and the Environment: Why we rationalize discounting the future of nature and society


Dr. Silja Klepp

Climate Change ad Migration: New rights and resources for environmental migrants in the Pacific region


Prof. Peter Blaze Corcoran

Environmental education in times of climate change: Perspectives from Wangari Maathai's Africa


Mr. Aaron Packard

Translating climate science into climate action: The rise of the Pacific Climate Warriors


Prof. Edvard Hviding

Living in the ring of fire: Glimpses of the long run of environmental experience in the Pacific Islands


Mr. Andrew Irvin

Turning the cogs of land transport


Ms. Alison Newell

Kawai Dina: One way to reduce your carbon footprint


Mr. Francis Areki

Working Together to Transform Inshore Fisheries Management for Local Food Security & Sustainable Fishing Industry in Fiji


Ms. Lucille Apis-Overoff

The role of Engin kehlap in climate risk management: case studies in the Federated States of Micronesia


Dr. Robin Bronen

Climate-induced community relocation in Alaska: Community-based adaptation strategies to protect human rights


Capt. Adrian Midwood

The economic benefits of waste plastic remediation in island nations: fast track Fiji program briefing


Dr. Nick Rollings

Kowanyama Information System - The digital keeping place - Geospatial Information Systems in a remote indigenous community


Mr. Nemaia Koto

Morphometric analysis and water resources of Nadi watershed, Fiji


Dr. Nathan Wales

Multi-decadal change in the spatial pattern and areal extent of forests in Angkor using coarse scale satellite imagery


Dr. Cyprien Bosserelle

Coastal wave inundation - the Coral Coast locka


Ms. Unaisi Tagicakibau

Building effective governance systems in Mali district to enhance fisheries management


Ms. Brittany Gallagher

Sustainability Education in American Prisons: A Case Study of Washington State's Sustainability in Prisons Project


Mr. Jens Kruger

Charting an Ocean of Islands for a Sustainable Blue Economy: The status of Hydrography in the Pacific Region


Prof. Ciro Rico

The Role of Evolutionary Genetics in Biodiversity Assessment and Conservation


Mr. Feiloakitau Tevi

Getting it Right: Green Growth and Sustainable Development in the Pacific


Mr. Exsley Taloiburi

Understanding Climate Change Finance: Key Issues and Perspectives for the Pacific


Prof. Dano Roelvink

Modelling in support of coastal management and adaptation to climate change - can tools from the other side of the world work in the South Pacific?


Dr. Colin Shelley

Where's my fish? What is the future for aquaculture development in the Pacific?


Dr. Michael Schwarz

Bees, Extinction events and Climate Change


Ms. Meretui Ratunabuabua

Addressing Pacific Heritage gaps in the Pacific region


Ms. Johanna Beasley

Perceptions of Climate Change Impacts on Natural Resources: A study of the practice of Salusalu (Fiji garlanding)


Ms. Lydia Keppler

30 days on an Oceanographic Research Vessel


Ms. Sarika Chand

Media Coverage of Climate Change in Fiji

Mr. Naushad Yakub

Building Community Resilience to Impacts of Climate Change: A case study from USP EU-GCCA Project


Ms. Kelera Oli

Climate Change and its toll on Dengue


Dr. Sean Weaver

Exploring Payment for Ecosystem Services for Renewable Energy in Shipping


Dr. Keith Morrison

Ecosystems as places and homes to reduce risk production


Mr. Viliamu Iese

Application of Crop Simulation Models to Assess the Impacts of Climate Change and Extreme Events on Pacific Island Crops

Dr. Mark Lawrence

Engineering the Climate? An Introduction to the Ideas, Impacts, Uncertainties and Risks


Dr. Scott Power

Climate Change Will Intensify El Nino


Dr. Peter Nuttall

Sustainable Sea Transport for Oceania


Mr. Leone Limalevu

Application of the PaCE-SD Methodology and Lessons Learnt from a Pilot Climate Change Adaptation Project in Rural Fiji


Dr. Helene Jacot des Combes

Post 2015 Strategy for Disaster and Climate Resilient Development in the Pacific


Dr. Glenn Aguilar

Screening of Algorithms for ensemble modelling for marine and terrestrial species with limited location information


Dr. Tom Durrant

A 30-Year Global Wave Hindcast


Mr. Ian Fry

The Current State of Play in Climate Change Negotiations 


Mrs. Payal Maharaj

Securing Human Health through Drug Discovery


Dr. Sophie Cravatte

Oceanic circulation in the Southwest Pacific - Progress from Spice


Mrs. Priya Sharma

Evaluation of Seasonal Variability of CCSM3 Modeled Chlorophyll Distribution in the Western Pacific Ocean


Dr. Arthur Webb

Balancing the Sciences in the Project Design: Best Practices for Climate Change Adaption and Risk Reduction 


Dr. Antoine N'Yeurt

Ocean Algal Afforestation to Address Climate Change Issues in the Pacific Region


Dr. Marcello Bonito 

Integrating Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Conservation


Capt. Philip Renaud

Global Reef Expedition: Confronting the Coral Reef Crisis


Ms. Salote Waqairatu

Aquaculture bio-security: Keeping Shrimp in the menu


Dr. Cara Miller

Fins and Flukes: Current Knowledge and Future Directions for Whales and Dolphins in Fiji Waters


Prof. Stephen Gale

Soil Erosion and sediment delivery: Things my Mother Never Told Me


Dr. Rafiuddin Ahmed

An Overview of Ocean and Wind Energy Research at USP


Mr. Scott Radway

Transforming Science Communication


Dr. Sarah Hemstock

Small is Beautiful


Prof. Randolph Thaman

A Retrospective Taxonomic Assessment of the Recovery of a Managed Fijian Fishery Based on the Marriage of Modern and Indigenous Science


Prof. Neil Holbrook

South Pacific Region in a Changing Climate: Considering Science and Adaptation


Mr. Neil Singh

The Universe in a Nutshell


Prof. William Aalbersberg

Research Activities at the Institute of Applied Science


Prof. Joeli Veitayaki

Articulating Sustainable Development in Gau Island, Fiji


Prof. Elisabeth Holland

Blue Carbon: Understanding the Global Carbon Cycle and Ocean Carbon Uptake in the Pacific Islands

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