NES Research and Pa Enua Coordinator, Teariki Tearetoa, attended a regional planning workshop to enhance climate information. The workshop was organized by SPREP and held in Nadi, Fiji.
The workshop was an opportunity to review, plan, endorse and roll out activities on Enhancing Climate information and Knowledge Services for resilience in each of the five island member countries (Niue, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Tuvalu & the Cook Islands). This ensures activities are harmonized and plans are clear with necessary linkages made.
Key discussions revolved around establishment and implementation of national climate data and information strategies, including traditional knowledge. The workshop aimed to bridge the communication gap between National Meteorological services and communities, preserve and reinvigorate traditional knowledge of weather, climate, oceans and geo-hazard forecast. The need to have response knowledge to increase accuracy and spatial extent of forecasts and warnings was also discussed.
NES looks forward to a working relationship with relevant stakeholders for the benefit of our small island communities, with particular focus on the Pa Enua people who are more vulnerable to the effects of our changing environment. The need to increase community resilience is paramount in facing climate uncertainty and its effects in the future.