Local communities in the Pacific have become highly exposed to global drivers of change, including climate change, ecological degradation, trade and economic networks, and new technologies, resulting in unprecedented rates of change for local decision-makers to address. This connectedness, while often beneficial, also contributes to an increasing frequency of shocks, which are more unpredictable and may result in cascading negative impacts that have far-reaching consequences, such as the current pandemic.

The Knowledge Brokering for Pacific Climate Futures Project sought to enhancing the capacity of people who work with communities to understand and account for these global drivers, becoming more climate and disaster resilient in equitable ways. To achieve this, our project sought to build the capacity (knowledge, tools and competencies) for climate resilient development decision-making and establish a network of knowledge brokers and champions.

The CSIRO team worked with seven case study teams in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands to better understand their project’s context and needs, in order to co-develop tools and associated training to meet the identified needs. In addition, the team designed the Knowledge Broker Support Program (KBSP), an on-line learning initiative and e-learning platform which was developed and refined with the assistance of two Pacific training cohorts in 2021 and 2022.

The Knowledge Brokering for Pacific climate futures project was funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, through the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership.