Delivery of Phase II Traditional and Local Knowledge (TLK) Activities

The DFAT-funded Australia Pacific Climate Partnership was established in 2018 to support the Australian Government to achieve inclusive climate and disaster resilient development in the Pacific. The goal of the Climate Partnership is to achieve climate and disaster resilient development in the Pacific through the following objectives:

  • 1. Australian aid investments in Pacific are climate and disaster risk informed;
  • 2. Australian supported climate change information is relevant and influential; and
  • 3. Australia’s contribution as a partner in climate change action in the Pacific is valued.

The Climate Partnership is seeking a provider to deliver Phase II of the Climate Partnership’s TLK knowledge brokering activity. Phase I produced a scoping research study that identified a definition of traditional and local knowledge that has relevance to the Pacific; established a greater understanding of the scope and scale of existing traditional and local knowledge programming across the Pacific; and provided a set of recommendations on how traditional and local knowledge can be combined with western climate science to deliver climate and disaster resilience aid programming, including articulation of global best practices, enablers, challenges, and opportunities for future investment in the Pacific.

Phase II will build on this study and use a participatory process to identify avenues to strengthen the enabling environment - the conditions under which traditional systems can operate and contribute to understandings, planning and decision making - for use of Pacific TLK for coping with climate variability, climate change and disaster management.

The project will focus on two countries as a pilot (. Fiji, Solomon Islands/Vanuatu) and a focused topic area in the broad range of TLK (e.g. mobilisation as adaptation, food and water security) and will aim for engagement at the sub-national level to bridge community knowledge and national policy.

The project will include site specific studies and workshops in Fiji and Solomon Islands /Vanuatu at the community and sub-national level to document TLK and make recommendations for strengthening the enabling environment for use of TLK with a strong focus on Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) to enhance community resilience.

The project is expected to commence in May 2023 and to be completed by April 2024.


Australia and Pacific

Closing date:
23 May 2023