Pacific Fund: Three new projects on research for development [fr]
In the latest round of the French Regional “Pacific Fund” of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, three new projects have been selected, involving research institutes in New Zealand and in the French territories of the Pacific region. The 2015 call for projects was focused on four different thematic axes: climate change, food safety, health safety and economic development.
PLUVAR - Intra-seasonal rainfall variability in the Pacific
(New Zealand: University of Auckland, NIWA; New Caledonia: IRD Nouméa, Météo France; Fiji: University of South Pacific; French Polynesia: University of French Polynesia)
The project will aim to better understand intra-seasonal rainfall variability in the Pacific region, what controls it, and can it be predicted. This is a key information gap that directly affects the building of social and economic resilience in the Pacific Islands for extreme events, such as flooding, waterlogging, food security, water security, climate-related diseases and vector-borne diseases like dengue.
Detection of harmful enteric viruses in French Polynesia
(New Zealand: ESR; French Polynesia: CRIOBE, CHSP, DRMM; Luxemburg: Gabriel Lippmann Public Research Centre)
Acute gastroenteritis, mostly caused by enteric viruses, is one of the major causes of morbidity worldwide. Humans are exposed to these viruses through various transmission routes: person-to-person, food crops grown in land irrigated with wastewater, sewage-polluted recreational waters, contaminated drinking water and shellfish grown in contaminated waters. Better identifying and analyzing these viruses and the sources of contamination (giant clams, waters, population) will help enhance public health in the South Pacific.
Adding value to French Polynesia’s honey industry using melissopalynology
(New Zealand: GNS Science; French Polynesia: Association of honey makers)
New Zealand has become a worldwide example of how to make a honey industry successful. Identifying, analyzing and isolating pollens in French Polynesia will enable local honey-producing beekeepers to develop a high quality monofloral honey based on the unique flora of French Polynesia, for both local consumption and potential export.
**About the Pacific Fund:
The Pacific Fund of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs was created in 1985. Each year, selected projects are co-funded to promote social, economic, scientific and cultural development and integration of the French territories in the Pacific (New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna).
The call for projects runs between September and November for projects starting the next year.