The Bernice P. Bishop Museum and the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) have carried out an expert-led study to assess the vulnerability of biodiversity and island ecosystems in Melanesia to climate change. The areas considered in this study include the island of New Guinea (including the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua and the nation of Papua New Guinea); Solomon Islands; Vanuatu; New Caledonia; and Fiji.
This project is one of eight grants from the MacArthur Foundation to identify the implications of climate change in the regions where the Foundation funds conservation efforts and to develop conservation and management approaches that address these threats. Other studies are addressing similar issues in Madagascar, Africa and the Caribbean. The CCBM study carried out by the Bishop Museum and SPREP is in close collaboration with the Pacific Science Association (PSA) and the Indo-Pacific Conservation Alliance (IPCA). The project largely focused on climate impacts to marine systems but includes those on terrestrial areas as well.
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