To mark World Ocean's Day 2021, DPA co-hosted an event with the Australia Awards Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI), titled 'The Blue Economy in the Pacific: Promise or Potential?'. Held on 8 June 2021 at the Hedley Bull Centre at ANU.
The Mortlock Islands are a group of five atolls and one stand-alone island in the southern part of the state of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The elevation of the islands ranges from 3-4 metres above sea level, making the islands very vulnerable to the rise in the sea level. Traditional crops, such as taros and arrow roots, have been neglected in recent decades because of the increasing volume of imported food. Climate change is forcing Mortlockese to revisit salt-water resistant taros as an adaptation mechanism to the new threat.