START Oceania Regional Committee
Type of Structure: network / framework activity
Regional Scope: regional in the area: Oceania
Parent Organisations: START
Child Organisations:
Duration : 1999 to present
Contact Address: Paolelei Luteru
START - Oceania Secretariat PACSD
Faculty of Islands and Oceans
Lower Campus
Laucala Bay, Suva
Phone: 00679 323 2944
FAX: 00679 323 1558
e-Mail: luteru_p(at)

General information and objectives

Small island states, such as those found in the region of Oceania, have a number of features that serve to increase their vulnerability to impacts of climate change. The Third Assessment Report of the IPCC (2001) enumerates these characteristics, such as small physical size while being surrounded by large expanses of ocean; limited natural resources; proneness to natural disasters and extreme events; relative isolation; poorly developed infrastructure; and limited funds, human resources, and skills. Within Oceania, priority issues include food security, extreme climate events, sea-level change, vulnerability to impacts of climate change, and sustainable development. START’s research and capacity building activities in Oceania reflect these priorities. START activities in the region are coordinated by the START-Oceania Secretariat at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, with oversight from the START-Oceania Regional Committee. In addition, a member of the START-Oceania Secretariat staff also serves as Liaison Officer of the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) for the Oceania Region.

For further details, link to the START-Oceania Home Page

Last update: 11/19/14
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)

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