ADFIP 30th Annual Meeting 2016


Pacific Regionalism & Climate Change: New Opportunities for ADFIP

The logo is made up of several elements – the fluid plant shaped logo of ADFIP, leaves on top of the A, the 30 with the 0 filled with blue lines running across.

The ADFIP fluid plant shaped is the most prominent feature of the logo as the A in the ADFIP logo shows the unity amongst the ADFIP member institutions from the three ethno geographic groupings—Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

The leaves on top of the A represent the environment and the green concept.  This is significantly linked to the theme Pacific Regionalism & Climate Change: New Opportunities for ADFIP.  The Pacific island states are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The inhabitants of many islands are already suffering from extreme weather events such as hurricanes, droughts, heavy rainfall and floods, and their effects, for example coastal erosion and – especially on the atolls – water shortages. The predicted rise in sea levels, altered precipitation patterns, higher temperatures and acidification of the ocean will exacerbate these risks in the coming decades. This jeopardises the livelihoods of the people, most of whom are engaged in agriculture, forestry and fishing and are thus dependent on natural resources. Extreme weather events also have a particularly detrimental impact on tourism. Primary and secondary schools in the region have so far taught pupils little about the local effects of climate change. The countries need experts in climate change adaptation and mitigation and sustainable development. A further problem for the Pacific island states is their heavy dependence on fossil fuels for energy production.

Furthermore, the zero in the 30 features the blue colour with the blue lines running across capturing the FDB logo.