Prof Mark Adams was awarded an AusAID ALAF, to work in partnership with Pacific Island neighbours

9 January 2010

Late in 2009, Professor Mark Adams was awarded $275,000 under an AusAID Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship, to run a 3 week intensive program for leaders working on climate change mitigation in Samoa and PNG. Professor Adams will be working with the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific in implementing the program.

Mitigating the effects of climate change is now a primary development goal in Samoa and PNG, both of which are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The ALAF program will give participants the skills and knowledge to implement concrete policies in their home countries to mitigate the effects of climate change, as well as dealing with its causes.

Nine Samoans and four Papua New Guineans will travel to Australian in March for the program, and will undertake workshops on Soil Management, Hydrology, Biosphere-atmosphere interactions, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sequestration by Soils, amongst other things. The group will also visit sites in Coffs Harbour and the Snowy Mountains, as well as attending the University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute at Cobbitty.

Contact: Stephen Brancatisano

Phone: 02 9356 5146

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