Skip to main content

Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research

Islanders, especially in the Pacific region, have a strong relationship with the land and ocean so changes in climate can represent a threat not only to the physical environment but also to their culture and customs. Already, people living in Pacific Islands and East Timor are experiencing changes in their climate such as higher temperatures, shifts in rainfall patterns, changing frequencies of extreme events and rising sea levels. These changes are affecting peoples’ lives and livelihoods, as well as important industries such as agriculture and tourism. In recognition of this, leaders of the Pacific Island Countries and Territories developed the PacificIslands Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006–2015 to guide the building of resilience to the risks and impacts of climatechange.