This panel will take a critical look at the practical implementation of programs and policies aimed at boosting resilience in the Pacific islands, and in particular measures that build the capacity of systems, communities and institutions to survive, adapt and prosper despite considerable environmental, economic and social challenges. How have these programs strengthened, and at times transformed, the dynamic systems in which they operate? When has there been resistance and when support? Speakers will explore what underpins successful initiatives associated with urban human settlements, capacity building programs, and rural and agricultural systems, critically examining how flag ship programs in the Pacific islands, and further afield, can help shape future pathways for stronger and more resilient societies.
Chair: Meg Keen, Senior Policy Fellow, Department of Pacific Affairs, ANU
Speakers: Bryant Allen, Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Pacific Affairs, ANU
David Sanderson, Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW
Fremden Shadrack, Team Leader, Vanuatu Skills Partnership