Pacific environment and climate change outlook
Livelihoods of some ten million people living in the Pacific island communities are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to this report. Low-lying islands in particular could face projected losses of up to 18 per cent of GDP due to climate change. The report recommends actions to enforce legislation, improve the availability of environmental data and strengthen environmental institutions to help meet the major climate change challenges facing the Pacific region. The study highlights successful efforts to create community-managed conservation areas, such as marine parks, which have used indigenous knowledge to improve recycling, energy efficiency and sustainable water use. Such techniques can be scaled up and serve as a model for other regions, suggests the report. The report covers 21 countries and territories, mostly small, low-lying island communities, and includes the experiences of over 500 communities.