Coordination and Collaboration in the Hawaii and Pacific Islands Resilience Ecosystem

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Coordination and Collaboration in the Hawaii and Pacific Islands Resilience Ecosystem Coordination and Collaboration in the Hawaii and Pacific Islands Resilience Ecosystem nationally (250 words or less). The Steps to Resilience provides a structured framework for identifying the needs, issues, impacts and actionable solutions for building resilience in communities. I have seen firsthand the critical need for climate resilience, however, in my experience, the process was often conducted in an ad hoc manner and as a smaller component of a larger project. This training would help build and accelerate my capacity as I start a challenging new position with the Pacific RISA to provide more focused interventions on climate resilience in policy and planning work with various stakeholders in communities based both in Hawaii and in the greater US-Affiliated Pacific Islands. My supervisors in the Pacific RISA strongly support my interest in increasing my knowledge base and building a transferrable method to more effectively accelerate local resilience measures and community engagement across the suite of projects and researchers. Section 4 - Relevant Experience of Training Participant Years of experience as a climate services practitioner (if any) 2 7/21/22, 12:38 PM crf-ccre-app 6/10 Other trainings - Describe any other climate, sustainability, or leadership-related trainings the applicant has participated in previously (250 words or less) I have participated in climate negotiations training, nature-based solutions workshops for both climate change and biodiversity, climate smart agriculture planning, and piloting climate resilient crops. Additional training in community based resilience frameworks has the potential to amplify the effectiveness of the previous training I have received. Description of climate science background, applied or academic (if any) I have earned a BS and MS from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Natural Resources and Environmental Management. This interdisciplinary management education included some climate science topics that were integrated into academic courses in environmental impact related classes. However, most of my specific climate science knowledge was obtained through on-the-job learning at workshops, meetings, project implementation, and international climate negotiations. Experinence convening planning or engement processes. Describe any experience leading and convening community members, stakeholder organizations, government entities, and others through a collaborative planning process (250 words or less) For projects I led or participated in at the national level for Palau, the stakeholder consultation processes implemented usually began with a large meeting that informed people of the project objectives. Meeting outcomes often identified potential focus groups for further consultation, which were done in an ad hoc manner. Focus groups of stakeholders were also conducted to ensure equal and fair representation of all groups. Small group meetings were held with a specific set of stakeholders to address a particular issue before drafts would be developed and circulated to all the stakeholders for review and comments. This process can be repeated during the development phase of the work and a larger meeting would be held again during the finalization of the draft to ensure that what was addressed in the beginning was captured and that solutions were relevant to the stakeholders who are impacted. These consultations and outcomes inform much of the policy, regulations, planning and project development I participated in that were implemented by the Ministry and its offices. 7/21/22, 12:38 PM crf-ccre-app 7/10 Partners and Collaborators - List any organizations and/or government entities you have worked with on climate resilience issues and describe your role (250 words or less) Palau National Government agencies integrating climate resilience in the area of biodiversity conservation and food security issues Palau State Governments (11 states) integrating climate resilience into master plan and land use plan development, spatial planning and implementing best practices for agriculture, and Protected Areas Network management plans Palau Bureau of Agriculture implemented projects look at climate resilience in agriculture planning, and crops and product development Palau Climate Change Office Served as a negotiator for adaptation and loss and damage under UNFCCC; development of the 2nd National Communications to UNFCCC, assisted with the development of the Climate Change Policy Palau Bureau of Tourism Development of the Tourism Policy Framework integrating climate resilience and supported development of associated tourism regulations for the bureau Palau Conservation Society Joint support work integrating climate change into master plan and land use plan for State Governments, development of the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan, and the Tourism Policy Framework Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Program integration of climate change impacts and issues faced by SIDS into the negotiation work for UN Convention on Biological Diversity to increase capacity building and funding support for SIDS to address biodiversity loss that is further aggravated by the impacts of climate change Significant climate hazards faced by jurisdictions with which
Effective start/end date12/1/224/30/23


  • Climate Resilience Fund (CRF): $10,000.00


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