MCF’s Indo-Pacific Climate Hub (INPACC Hub) is an expert network that enables research, knowledge-sharing and leadership on adaptation, resilience and justice in the Indo-Pacific region, helping to realise a positive climate future.
Building on existing relationships and expertise, the INPACC Hub brings together researchers, practitioners,and policymakers in the Indo-Pacific region to work on issues collaboratively and to achieve shared climate goals.
The INPACC Hub has three impact pathways:
- Accelerating regional solutions by working collaboratively to support solutions-oriented regional action through effective partnerships and knowledge sharing.
- Nurturing the next generation of climate professionals by building capacity through training and mentoring programs to ensure future generations are skilled to address current and emerging climate challenges.
- Leading by example to maximise global climate outcomes by transferring successes and lessons from the Indo-Pacific to other regions.
MCF will work closely with key domestic and regional partners to co-design activities across the following initial thematic focus areas:
- Health – eg, conducting basic capacity strengthening to develop assessments and plans.
- Policy and governance – eg, developing loss and damage commitment proposals for the region that include practical support and financing options.
- Agriculture and water – eg, sharing knowledge and lessons on climate resilient agricultural techniques from the Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub.
- Energy – eg, providing technical and governance advice, and sharing knowledge on transition pathways.
Initial activities will include loss and damage case studies from regional countries and training programs.
What issues is the INPACC Hub trying to address?
The impact of climate change is already, and will continue to be,catastrophic for countries in the Indo-Pacific region. Countries are experiencing far-reaching adverse impacts on coastal infrastructure, food and water systems, and health outcomes. Targeted, collaborative efforts that pursue climate-resilient development are urgently needed.
The INPACC Hub network brings researchers, practitioners,and policymakers across the Indo-Pacific region together to collectively progress shared climate goals, with a particular focus on progressing efforts in the areas of health, policy and governance, and agriculture and water.
How can the INPACC Hub help the region?
Engagement in the Indo-Pacific region has emerged as a key focus for international efforts to support climate action and regional security.
Financial and technical support to the Indo-Pacific region is necessary as the regional impacts of climate change will be increasingly felt in coming decades. Climate projections under business as usual for many countries in the region are dire and will likely exacerbate existing regional challenges.
As a result, research and capacity-building programs that promote climate resilient development in the Indo-Pacific region are essential. They will contribute to reducing as much as possible the impacts of climate change on Indo-Pacific countries, a prerequisite for achieving Australia’s foreign and security policy objectives.
The INPACC Hub will draw upon considerable expertise and convening power across key research partners, government, intergovernmental and non-government organisations in the Indo-Pacific region to mobilise and leverage existing research and expertise.
How will the INPACC Hub do this?
Establishing research partnerships for in-country project
- Providing access to technical assistance and supporting capacity development
- Creating a resource and case study repository
- Establishin gformal partnerships with Indo-Pacific-based research institutions
Capacity building, training,and mentoring
- Providing basic research needs
- Initiating secondment, internship and training opportunities between universities and the public and private sectors
- Developing action plans with the Australian finance sector to achieve net zero
- Sharing research and case studies
- Learnings from the University’s decarbonisation efforts
- Hosting roundtables and seminars to share learnings across sectors and stakeholders