Building a Community of Practice

Ecosystems in the Pacific Islands are being transformed by two large-scale, interacting threats: invasive species and climate change. We have joined with entities across the Pacific to explore perspectives, needs, and research related to the confluence of invasive species management and climate adaptation in our region.

Pacific RISCC Partners:

  • American Samoa Community College
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Division of Fish and Wildlife
  • CNMI Department of Lands and Natural Resources
  • Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS)
  • Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources – Division of Forestry and Wildlife
  • East-West Center
  • Guam Department of Agriculture
  • Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council
  • Palau Community College
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (Republic of the Marshall Islands)
  • University of Guam
  • University of Hawaiʻi
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Map of participating regions identified
Pacific RISCC region. (Click for large image.)

To learn more about the unique climate change and invasive species challenges our partners face across the Hawai’i and U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands region, please check out our 6 short videos premiered at the 2021 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseilles, France. And join our growing community of practice by subscribing to our listserv.

Our Objectives

  • Identify priority lines of research, informed by managers, to examine the interactions between invasive species and climate change
  • Develop management strategies and actions to these combined threats while strengthening existing, successful approaches
  • Create a space for engagement and communication of lessons learned
  • Facilitate a network of resource managers, researchers, and interested community members and organizations
  • Promote relevant research and develop effective information-sharing strategies

Upcoming Events

Please stay tuned for our next Pacific RISCC Webinar which will be in March, 2023

Now available on our RISCC Webinars & Recordings page, a recording of the webinar:

Future Climate in Hawaiʻi: What Global Climate Models, Climate Downscaling, and Observations Tell Us
January 25, 2023, 1:00 – 2:15 pm
with Dr. Thomas Giambelluca, Director of the Water Resources Research Center and Professor of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Want to stay up to date with Pacific RISCC’s upcoming events and activities? Contact Elliott Parsons at to be added to our mailing list!

Check out our latest Pacific RISCC Publication!

When Invasive Species & Climate Change Intersect: Survey of Hawaiʻi Natural Resource Managers

Title page of the report with a photo of man setting up fence in mountains.

This report summarizes the findings from a survey of natural resource managers in Hawaiʻi to establish a baseline assessment of concern about the influence of climate change on invasive species management, compare their access to and understanding of existing downscaled climate information for the state, and identify barriers to success in incorporating climate change into management practices.

The Pacific RISCC is using the survey results to identify tailored research opportunities on these two drivers of ecosystem change that will aid in the development and implementation of climate-adaptive management practices in Hawaiʻi and the US Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI) region.

Recommended citation: Brewington L, Burgett J, Martin C, Kerkering H, Arnott C. 2021 . When Invasive Species and Climate Change Intersect: Survey of Hawaiʻi Natural Resource Managers. Honolulu: The Pacific Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Management Network.

Action Items:

(A) Consolidate existing information and products at the invasives/climate nexus into one centralized/accessible location. Compile relevant peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, tools, and other resources on this website.

(B) Continue the webinar series and engage in other conferences/workshops as available. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: better understanding of uncertainty and information on potential range shifting species, native community resilience, effects and nature of extreme events, new introduction pathways, and impacts of seasonal changes.

(C) Create the needed organizational framework to facilitate discussions and set priorities at the invasives/climate nexus and move this effort forward in Hawaiʻi and the USAPI. This includes finalizing our core team and science advisory board.

(D) Strategically plan next steps, identifying/prioritizing needs/gaps, and determining where the most value can be added.

(E) Collaboratively-developed research agendas for the Pacific Islands region, which has different native biotas, divergent climate change projections, and a range of invasive species threats.

(F) Research summaries for managers to use in developing adaptive management programs.



Elliott Parsons