Pacific Islands

Satellites are transforming the way we see – and map – the Earth. That's especially the case in the Pacific where islands nations can benefit from satellite services – Earth Observations (EO) – to understand and manage the environment.

A PNG–Australian initiative to bring decision-makers together and give local communities a stronger voice in determining a sustainable future for their land and natural resources is bringing early results.

The amount of ocean-derived protein consumed in countries in the Pacific Ocean is higher than in any other part of the world. Providing the best science to inform sustainable management of that resource is vital.

The Coral Sea Marine Park is one of the world’s largest marine parks and vital to surrounding Pacific Island countries. A month-long voyage by Australia's research vessel to gather and share data and insights with international colleagues has begun, in pursuit of a better understanding of the area's geodynamic and climatic history, as well as biotic evolution.

Climate change takes many headlines for threatening the Pacific. However, to secure the region’s shared food culture, soil scientists are working with Pacific farmers to provide precision agriculture tools that could herald a new era in regional farming.

Local knowledge and trusted, collaborative relationships with key stakeholders is helping researchers deliver the science that will enable Pacific nations communities to further build climate resilience.

close up of white bird with orange beak

The Australian National Wildlife Collection holds a significant collection of fauna and flora of New Guinea and the Pacific islands, critical to understanding the evolution of species in Australia and the wider Pacific. The Collection now includes bird specimens from New Caledonia, including the iconic Kagu.

tropical island beach

Salamo Fulivai reads the nightly news in Tonga but when Tropical Cylcone Gita arrived it was more than a story. Fortunately, forewarned is forearmed. Just months earlier Salamo had been part of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction training.

UN assembly hall filled with conference delegates

Our ‘blue planet’ is made up of one continuous ocean, not five separate oceans. The first UN Ocean Conference broke down barriers between developed and developing nations, science and government, government and the private sector, and corporate and community interests. Here's a ringside insight into what it all means.