25 Jun 2015
Partnering to tackle climate change in the Solomon Islands

Seminar for researchers and practitioners to discuss research opportunities in the Pacific

As part of RMIT’s ongoing engagement in the Pacific region and the University’s recently signed MoU with UN-Habitat, the Global Cities Research Institute and the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme recently hosted an afternoon event to discuss ongoing collaborative research opportunities in the Pacific.

The following video is a preview of the seminar, which can be viewed in full here.

Alexei Trundle, a Research Associate from RMIT’s Climate Change Adaptation Program, presented findings from one such project, reflecting on a recently-completed climate change vulnerability assessment of Honiara, the Solomon Islands’ capital, as well as the adaptation and resilience planning processes that are currently underway in the city.

Mr Trundle and Professor Darryn McEvoy (Climate Change Adaptation Program leader and Cities Programme Global Advisor) act as scientific advisors to UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative, having also conducted a climate vulnerability assessment for Port Vila, Vanuatu, prior to Cyclone Pam.

Opportunities for engaging RMIT technical expertise and researchers across schools and colleges were explored by the group, particularly relating to key issues such as sanitation, urban planning, ecosystem services, and communicating climate change.

Both Honiara City Council and the Solomon Islands Government formally endorsed the UN Habitat Planning for Climate Change process in May this year, acknowledging the project team’s extensive engagement with community representatives, key non-government stakeholders and government decision-makers. As a result these opportunities offer meaningful avenues for partnership with the potential to lead to tangible on-the-ground research output.

Possible opportunities and future adaptation actions will be further explored at a forum to be held in August, which will focus on identifying the key opportunities and actions that will make up the city’s Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan, a first for the region.

For more information on collaborative research opportunities in the Solomon Islands, please contact Alexei Trundle: alexei.trundle@rmit.edu.au