This research highlights the underlying resilience of Pacific agriculture to climate change, particularly for many of the region’s staple food crops. It identifies a range of potential response measures that could be implemented to significantly reduce exposure to climate-related risks and enable the Pacific Community to better cope with emerging impacts.
High priority actions are recommended (pp.435-436):
- Development and consistent application of good forestry practices, including enforcement of codes of logging practice, silvicultural prescriptions and reduced impact logging guidelines.
- Improved land use planning - governments working with land owners, farmers and communities in landscape approaches to identify those areas most susceptible and contributing to soil erosion.
- Development of multispecies forest plantations and climatically resilient agroforestry systems through use of a greater number of widely adaptable species (including more cyclone- and wind-tolerant species).
- Assistance to stakeholders in managing the impacts of climate change on forest genetic resources to access, promote and use diversity within and among tree species to help with climate change adaptation and mitigation.
- Better surveillance, monitoring and control of exotic forest pests and diseases and environmentally invasive weeds by government forestry and biosecurity agencies.