Description/achievement of initiative
This partnership addresses challenges facing PSIDS, specifically related to the development of PSIDS capacities in Science and Technology and their application for sustainable development. The network, Applied Science and education projects are envisaged that will encourage uptake of emerging technologies in PSIDS. Our Initial projects concern application of DNA monitoring technology (with emphasis on LAMP technology1,2). Our proposed projects will integrate local and Indigenous knowledge, specifically in the area of natural resource management, and indigenous education ensuring sustainable outcomes of the projects.
Discussions have already been made with partners to form a UNESCO/UNITWIN network. Phase 1: [Initiation plan] Initial discussion of concept with partnersPhase 2: [Implementation plan] Workshop with key partners held to discuss funding opportunities available and specific project proposal development. (Sept. 2014-2015).Phase 3: [Action plan begins] Collaborators apply for grants to operationalize implementation plan and develop specific projects. Already in progress (2014-2021).Phase 4: [Projects and Outreach activities begin] Applied post graduate projects initiated between regional Pacific Island Tertiary Institution partners and International partners (Including NZ); Other educational activities begin, including input into Pacific Institution curriculum development, workshops for agencies, stakeholders (including communities) and policy and decision makers. Implementation to begin 2015-2021.Phase 5: Evaluation of project to be on-going at all phases of the project ensuring that phases are efficiently managed, that outreach and engagement through use of media and information systems are effective.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
We will create a network that builds capacities to apply emerging science technologies in PSIDS. Sustainable economic development in the region depends on the efficient use, management and protection of natural resources for future generations. Within this context, the application of new technologies has the potential to protect natural resources, create economic opportunities, inform decision-making and policy development. International collaborators and regional experts whose joint expertise is accessible to authorities, institutions, communities, businesses and regional academic partners would help transfer technologies and their applications into the everyday lives of Pacific people. A network that brings together critical mass of expertise to work alongside indigenous and Pacific communities for problem solving would be effective in helping build capabilities of PSIDS. Our initial projects will bring international expertise to combat Phytophthora disease in taro, and develop regional expertise to monitor water and food safety using DNA monitoring technology. This methodology has many potential uses. It can diagnose pathogens and disease in forestry, agriculture, aquaculture and public health. It can provide tools for conservation management, biosecurity and border security. The knowledge generated by our projects, and the critical mass of expertise in our network will assist regional decision making and policy development. By working collaboratively and respecting Pacific values and knowledge, by mentoring and encouraging the next generation of problem solvers, we will strengthen sustainable economic development of PSIDS.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
Partnership will be governed by Massey University’s Pacific Research and Policy Centre
Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ
UNITEC New Zealand, Auckland
National University of Samoa, Apia, Samoa
University of the South Pacific (USP), Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji
University of the South Pacific (USP, Alafua Campus, Apia, Samoa