New Tools for Science Policy

Advancing Climate & Natural Resource Policy Through Peer-to-Peer Knowledge Exchange

Building networks in the Pacific Islands through the Pacific RISA

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About the Seminar

May 25, 2022 9:00am—10:00am

Just as the impacts of climate change are felt locally, effective plans and policies for climate resilience are often implemented locally. The extent to which resilience planning best practices are shared among decision makers depends on multiple factors, including the availability of human and financial resources and the relevance, legitimacy, and accessibility of the knowledge. Within the Pacific Islands region, governments and organizations have made varying degrees of progress using climate knowledge to inform planning and policy at different decision scales, and cross-sectoral exchange of knowledge between counties or governments in different island jurisdictions has been limited. Available plans and policies also tend to consider hazards and the associated risks and responses individually, rather than as compound events. When considered at all, compound hazards are generally acknowledged as potentially having greater consequences. In addition, effective knowledge exchange typically takes place among three distinct groups: research scientists or knowledge producers, intermediaries and transformers of knowledge, and managers and decision makers who use the knowledge. The Pacific Islands peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange initiative creates a boundary space for discussing best practices and create a space for knowledge exchange among researchers, decision makers at various scales of governance, and others with climate knowledge with a focus on compound extreme events.

In this New Tools seminar, Victoria Keener will share examples of how the Pacific RISA is using its role as a science and policy boundary organization and the P2P framework with different stakeholder groups to advance and accelerate climate adaptation initiatives and policies that consider climate data and models, regional geopolitics, social equity, and financial risk.

Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash

Additional Information

COVID-19 Policies:

  • Attendees are required to show proof of up to date vaccination with ID.
  • Breakfast will be provided.
  • This event will also be livestreamed. Register here to attend virtually.


Location Information

ASU Washington Center

1800 I St NW

Washington, DC 20006