Climate Change Concerns and Solutions from the Pacific Islands

Call for papers for: International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management


Special issue 

Submission date: 30th March 2021

Lead Special Issue Guest Editor

Dan Frederick Orcherton, PhD. Professor and Dean (School of Environment and Climate Change)

PNG University of Natural Resource & Environment

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Guest Editors

Kerren Vali, MSc. PNG University of Natural Resource & Environment

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Mahendra Kumar, PhD. Climate Change Institute

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Nason Pue, PhD. University of Natural Resources and Environment

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Overview of special issue

According to the Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning Program (2019), disasters and extreme weather events such as drought, floods and cyclones are adversely impacting livelihoods, critical infrastructure and productive industries. The impacts are magnified by long-term effects from climate change, such as threats to ecosystems, ocean acidification and sea-level rise.

All across the Pacific Islands, many inhabited low-lying atolls are at the front-line of dangerous climate change. Climate change-induced sea-level rise, sea-surface warming, and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events puts the long-term ability of humans to inhabit low lying atolls at risk. This risk constitutes a dangerous level of climatic change to atoll countries by potentially undermining their national sovereignty. 

This special issue of “Climate Change Concerns and Solutions from the Pacific Islands” aims to explore the significant concerns and sudden changes, in the Pacific islands region during the past five to ten decades (50 to 100 years), and highlights relevant climate change adaptation and mitigation innovations, and how some Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) are effectively coping with the impacts of climate change locally and regionally. What are the future implications for the Pacific region of changes that are now underway? How best can challenges be addressed? What are the lessons-learned from the Pacific Region?  What are the implications for policy-makers? Have local communities (and governments for that matter) become more resilient to the impacts of Climate Change?  These aims will be met by inviting a large array of scholarly articles to contribute to new findings on the impacts of Climate Change in the Pacific Islands.

Indicative list of anticipated themes

  • Impacts of Climate Change on communities in PSIDS.
  • Building resilience and adapting to climate change (includes Food Security and Integrated Agriculture or Sustainable Agroforestry interventions).
  • Community-based Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), and Lessons-Learned from different PSIDS
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Risk Management
  • Blue Carbon Initiatives
  • Seabed mining in the Pacific Islands
  • Indigenous climate change (ICK) and its impacts/influence on community resiliency
  • Climate Change and Health effects related to climate change
  • Health outcomes, mental health consequences of climate-related disasters
  • Migration/displacement and changing abilities to earn a livelihood due to drought and other ecosystem changes
  • Renewable energy initiatives in PSIDS
  • Food Security in PSIDS
  • Biomass, Biofuels and Biobased alternatives to reduce GHG emissions

Submission details

Submissions open: 1st September 2020

Submissions close: 30th March 2021

All submissions must be made via ScholarOne. 

For more information, please see the author guidelines.