Hot House Incubators
There's a reason these diverse parties have decided to fix small islands firmly under their policy microscopes. Islands are in the front-line of climate change - in terms not only of consequences, but of action and reaction. With climate change now beating at the door globally, the wider world has been seeking to help with, learn from - and to be blunt - to experiment through these pioneering experiences.
That's led to an explosion of organisations, conferences, forums and acronyms, all put together to sow, shelter and nurture new ways for these communities, thrust so rudely into the climate hothouse (one that wasn't of their own making). All very well and good, but also potentially rather confusing. So here we've tried to document all the various groups and efforts aiming to breathe life, and draw value, from islands' climate change journey -and hopefully provide some order to the tangle of great resources out there.
DIREKT (Small Developing Island Renewable Energy Knowledge and Technology Transfer Network):
What: An effort for technology transfer, information exchange and networking involving universities from Germany, Fiji, Mauritius, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago with the aim of strengthening the science and technology capacity in the field of renewable energy.
Where: Germany, Fiji, Mauritius, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago
When: Ran from Nov 2009 until Oct 2012
Who: Part of (and funded by) the EU's ACP (Africa, Caribean, Pacific) Science and Technology Programme, involving universities in partner countries.
APAN (Asia Pacific Adaptation Network):
What: Programme to develop climate change adaptation, through capacity building, policy-setting, planning and practices that will aid the mobilization and sharing of knowledge/technologies needed to build climate resilience into the region's countries.
Where: Countries in 5 sub-regions - Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, North East Asia and the Pacific.
When: Started in October 2009.
Who: Part of the UN's Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Global Climate Change Adaptation Network (GAN), funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Ministry of the Environment Japan, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
EDIN (Energy Development in Island Nations):
What: Aiding Renewable Energy Deployment in selected island nations, by bringing together policy, technical, and financial experts to guide clean energy development and deployment in island communities.
Where: Iceland, New Zealand, United States, Papua New Guinea,Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Northern Marianas Islands, Dominca.
When: Started in 2008.
Who: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Departments of New Zealand and Iceland governemnts, and partner island nations and communities.
LAMA (Loli Aniau, Maka‘ala Aniau , formerly ICAP Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy):
What: Assisting in climate change adaptation /resilience by encouraing participation, and topic-specific collaboration, from all departments on the University of Hawaii campus, as well as from external organizations and entities.
When: Started in 2009.
Who: University of Hawaii.