EWC Insights: Charting New Pathways through the Climate Crisis


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Zoom Webinar

When: May 19 2021 - 2:00pm until May 19 2021 - 3:00pm

Insights from the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA)

Zena Grecni
Sustained Climate Assessment Specialist
East-West Center

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For the past decade, the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) has responded to the need for sustained, collaborative assessment of climate change impacts and adaptive capacity in the Hawaiian archipelago and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). Experts and practitioners in the PIRCA network from across the region review major areas of climate risk and new understanding, including human health; reliable and safe water supplies; ocean and terrestrial ecosystems; sea level rise and coastal impacts; and the livelihoods and well-being of Indigenous peoples. The PIRCA informs local and national adaptation plans and US climate policy. Ms. Grecni will overview this partnership and results from assessments for Palau, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and additional locations with reports planned for release this year. Tune in for this timely look at the status of climate change in the region and local-to-global responses. 

Zena Grecni is the Sustained Climate Assessment Specialist for the Pacific RISA, a NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments team. Based at the East-West Center in Honolulu, she works with a network of federal, state, and local partners to synthesize climate information and coordinate assessments for the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands region. Ms. Grecni served as a Chapter Author for the US Fourth National Climate Assessment and as Lead Author of the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment for Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Ms. Grecni received a master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment and has more than a decade of experience in the Pacific Islands.

Each month, the East-West Center Research Program presents an “EWC Insights” seminar that examines an environmental, demographic, or political and economic transformation reshaping the Asia-Pacific region.

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