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Workshop on Climate Variability and Change in the Republic of the Marshall Islands:Challenges and Opportunities

April 12 and 13, 2006

Nitijela Conference Room

Majuro, RMI


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Workshop Objectives

  • Explore nature and impacts of climate variability and change

  • Understand vulnerability in key sectors

  • Explore opportunities to enhance resilience

  • Identify critical information needs and priorities


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Workshop Organization

Day One:

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Opening Keynote Address

  • Overview of RMI’s present climate

    • Group discussion of impacts and concerns

  • Changing Climate in the RMI: Why Does it Matter? (Discussion)


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Workshop Organization

Day One, cont’d:

  • Consequences of climate variability and change for Pacific Islands

    • Group discussion of local sectoral impacts

  • Anticipating El Niño: Pacific ENSO Applications Center (PEAC) Experience

    • Personal reflections on 1997-1998

  • Table-Top Exercise: Using El Niño forecasts


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Workshop Organization

Day Two

  • Taking Stock/Unfinished Business

  • Climate Adaptation & Mainstreaming

    • Key concepts, challenges, opportunities

    • Group Discussion of adaptation options in American Samoa

  • Role of Marine Protected Areas and All-Islands Coral Reef Initiative

  • Keeping an Eye on the Climate System

    • GEOSS, PI-GCOS, PI-GOOS, PacIOOS


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Workshop Organization

Day Two

  • Brainstorming on PacIOOS Information Needs

    • Climate vulnerability & adaptation

    • Natural hazards risk management

    • Marine and coastal ecosystems & resources

  • Next Steps & Closing Remarks


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