Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management to Protect Health and Build Resilience in Pacific Islands


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When: May 20 2018 (All day) until May 25 2018 (All day)
Where: East-West Center, Honolulu, HI

Climate change is affecting the Pacific Islands and their populations through rising temperatures, changing precipitation, and a growing number of extreme weather and climate events: droughts, floods, storm surge, and sea level rise. Pacific Island countries are globally ranked among the most vulnerable to climate change. In addition to vector and water borne diseases that may be affected by climate, Pacific Islands populations experience very high rates of non-communicable diseases, including obesity, diabetes, and hypertension (WHO 2015). There is a need to develop a research agenda to build resilient communities and health systems in the Pacific Islands that considers the health risks of climate change, in the context of limited resources, the inherent isolation of islands, and demographic and socioeconomic challenges underscores.

This workshop will further the integration of adaptation to climate change with disaster risk management, focusing the intersection of extreme weather and climate events, water quality and quantity in the Pacific, and population health and health systems.

Workshop Topics:

  • Background and Context on Health Risks of Climate Change in the Pacific
  • Preparing for Extreme Weather and Climate Events in the Pacific
  • Experiences in Pacific Islands with Understanding and Managing the Health Risks of Climate Change
  • Health Adaptation to Climate Change


Expected workshop outcomes include:

  • A clearer understanding of how climate variability, including extreme weather and climate events, impacts the health-water nexus throughout the Pacific Islands to inform identification of research gaps and the potential for developing early warning systems and long-term strategies for resilience.
  • A research action agenda focusing on North-South research partnerships to support North-South and South-South cooperation with country-to-country and community-to-community mentoring.
  • Research to support effective implementation across spatial and temporal scales with respect to aligning climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, including monitoring and evaluation.


The workshop will bring together experts on climate variability and change, population health, social science, epidemiology, disaster risk management, and communication to encourage multidisciplinary exchanges and building professional and institutional coordination and collaboration. The workshop will inform efforts to integrate adaptation and disaster risk management to support North-South partnerships to support Pacific islands increase their resilience in a changing environment.

Open to invited participants.

Storm Clouds with Silver Linings: Climate Change and Health in the Pacific, Public lecture on Tuesday May 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Jaymen Laupola
Phone: 808-944-7332