Professor Holland leads a flourishing and successful research center that is building climate and disaster resilience for Pacific countries, people, and communities. The research, education and development projects stretch across 16  Pacific Big Ocean StateS  (BOSS) working with state and community leaders and connecting to more than 200  local communities . For these projects, she has secured and implemented more than 36 M USD in external projects from a variety of international sources.


Current Projects

Intra-ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change & Resilience Building – USP Component

PaCE-SD is a centre for excellence in environmental education, research and community engagement in the Pacific Island Region.

Working  closely with a range of local, regional and global development partners, governments, CSOs etc to expand their reach and efficacy in the region, we foster the development of a research and education culture that serves the region by involving communities and stakeholders.

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Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Scaling Up Pacific Adaptation (GCCA+ SUPA) – USP Component

The GCCA+ SUPA Programme-USP Component focuses on building capacity in resilient development for local area stakeholders. Emphasis is placed on the sub-national, state, provincial and local island government levels. Following diagnostic assessments of training needs in climate and disaster risk, outreach and awareness-raising activities, and accredited training are being delivered to representatives from the sub-national and community levels across our ten implementing countries. Key change agents are identified, and their capacity built. Sub-national and local area development plans are being reviewed and entry points for climate and disaster risk identified. Where local area planning review schedules permit, the plans will be updated to include climate and disaster resilience.



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Pacific Ocean and Climate Crisis Assessment (POCCA)

A pioneering study aiming to provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, multi-methodological and integrated assessment of the climate crisis and oceans covering 16 countries in the Pacific region. It gives voice to Pacific Indigenous knowledge systems and how they can work together in harmony with western scientific approaches.

The 16 countries:
Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


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Completed Projects

Coastal Community Adaptation Project

USAID helped coastal communities in the Pacific build upon their existing and traditional disaster management approaches and adopt new strategies intended to mitigate risks presented by the region’s new and predicted climate reality. New risk management strategies involved implementation of disaster drills and other risk mitigation exercises, as well as building of networks that link communities to national and regional disaster management services.

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