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HI - Mānoa: Pacific Islands Climate Change Summit to Address Adaptation, Management

Pacific Islands are on the forefront of bearing the effects of climate change, which are becoming more apparent every year.

With partners from across Hawaiʻi and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI), Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PI-CASC) is organizing a virtual science summit to highlight its resources and capabilities, and those of its partner organizations, for addressing climate adaptation science and management needs. The PI-CASC summit will be hosted at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in conjunction with its consortium partners at UH Hilo and the University of Guam on November 17 and 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (HST).

PI-CASC works with natural resource managers and cultural stewards in the Pacific Islands to address challenges through the latest and best-available science on climate change impacts and adaptation.

The summit is intended for researchers, cultural and natural resource managers, officials, practitioners and stakeholders who work on climate change impacts and adaptation for ecosystems and communities in the region. By sharing recent and ongoing research and related resource management efforts in Hawaiʻi, USAPI and PI-CASC hope to highlight and strengthen partnerships and collaborations.

“The climate crisis is the most critical issue facing future generations, and despite the challenges of the pandemic, the virtual platform of the summit allows for more robust participation from researchers, managers and partners from across the region,” said Darren Lerner, the PI-CASC university consortium director. “We are looking forward to engaging more than 200 people in this inaugural summit.”

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