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Welcome To Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD)

Established as part of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) 1999 strategic plan, the Centre was opened in response to the region’s need for further research of the environment. The goal is to empower the people of the Pacific with the knowledge to be able to adapt to the impacts of climate change and pursue sustainable development. The Centre collaborates with university stakeholders as well as national, regional and international development partners across the CSO and NGO sectors. The Centre also works with regional governments in an advisory capacity, mainstreaming climate change and sustainable development into the development process. The Pacific region and individual island nations have made a strong commitment to international efforts to prevent further irreversible environmental change and to promote sustainable development by becoming party to numerous international “Multilateral Environmental Agreements”. PaCE-SD is a partner in making those commitments a reality.

PaCE-SD

PaCE-SD is committed to working with university, local, regional, international and government stakeholders to promote climate change adaptation and sustainable development best practices through innovative and cost-effective approaches. The Centre is proud to promote a collaborative Pacific leadership built on transparent and open partnerships.

To be a centre of excellence for teaching, training and research-based capacity building for climate change and sustainable development in the Pacific Island region. Building on a successful track record of international research and aid funding,  PaCE-SD is committed to developing a research culture that serves the region by involving communities and stakeholders. The vision supports the USP strategic plan by promoting excellence in learning and teaching and demonstrating a commitment to students and the region through the high standards of good governance, leadership and transparency to achieve environmental sustainability. Supporting the fundamental belief that the pillars of sustainable development are environmental, social and economic, PaCE-SD operates in line with the Brundtland Commission’s commitment to “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

  • To train future climate leaders with Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip), Master of Science (MSc) and Doctorates (PhD)in climate change
  • To conduct integrated studies of climate change and sustainable development
  • To improve synergism inside and outside USP in dealing with climate change and promoting sustainable development
  • To promote science-policy interactions and project level involvement among governments, regional partners and USP
  • To enhance local knowledge systems and community based utilisation of natural resources towards culturally appropriate climate adaption and sustainable development pathways
  • To coordinate, stimulate, catalyse and carry out environmental teaching, research and consultancy
  • To facilitate Pacific Island Countries’ use of USP knowledge and expertise in issues of climate change, environment, sustainable development and resource management

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Prof. Elisabeth Holland
Prof. Elisabeth HollandDirector
Professor Elisabeth Holland is the Director of the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) and a Professor in climate change. An internationally recognised scientist for her work in the Earth System, Prof. Holland was also a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She is an author of four of the five IPCC reports and also served as a US, German and now a Pacific representative. With a career spanning more than three decades, Prof. Holland served as a Senior Scientist and Leader of the Biogeosciences Program at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, USA.
Dr. Morgan Wairiu
Dr. Morgan WairiuDeputy Director
Dr Morgan Wairiu is currently the Deputy Director of PACE-SD. He obtained his PhD in Environmental Soil Science from Ohio State University in USA and Master of Science from Aberdeen University in Scotland. Dr Wairiu has broad knowledge on Pacific regions environment and development issues including Government structures and systems both at National and community levels. He has over 25 years work experience in the environment field including climate change adaptation and risk resilience in Solomon Islands and the Pacific region. He also has wide experience in Capacity Building and Human Resources Development including training needs assessment and workshop planning and organization.

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