The Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) is a regional alliance of civil society organizations working on climate change in the Pacific region. Since 2013, it has brought together civil society actors across the Pacific Island countries, advocating for climate justice and environmental integrity. PICAN aims to unite civil society under a common voice to increase the influence and impact of their advocacy demands on Pacific Island governments, leading non-Pacific governments to respond with more powerful and ambitious climate change policies and action at the national and regional level.
As part of Climate Action Network (CAN) International, the worldwide network of over 1,500 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) across the world, PICAN works to ensure the Pacific Island civil society is represented at the international level.
Climate Strikes - Port Vila, Vanuatu
PICAN recognizes the unique challenges that Pacific island civil society organisations face in their work (remoteness, low population sizes, isolation from international networks, vulnerability to environmental and economic shocks) as we seek to empower and enable local civil society.
PICAN's activities include:
Facilitating the sharing of information and knowledge among civil society organizations
Providing training and capacity-building opportunities for PICAN's national nodes and members
Developing and sharing policy recommendations and position papers
Organizing and participating in regional and international meetings and conferences
Supporting Pacific Island countries in the negotiation of international agreements
Raising awareness of the impacts of climate change on Pacific Island communities and working to secure support for their needs.
PICAN works through a country node system to boost and strengthen national civil society. At present, PICAN is made up of 4 National Nodes and over 160 member organisations.
Addressing climate change is crucial for preserving our planet for future generations and ensuring a sustainable future for all.
To support and strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations in the Pacific Islands region to effectively address the impacts of climate change on their communities and to advocate for their countries' interests in international climate negotiations.
To bring together civil society actors across the Pacific-island countries, advocating for ambitious climate policy and environmental integrity.