Pacific Island countries have created the world's first industry association for people involved in climate change and disaster work.
The Pacific Regional Federation for Resilience Professionals launched in Suva, Fiji today recognises building resilience as a sector in its own right and seeks to provide recognised qualifications for those engaged in resilience work.
A spokesperson for the Pacific Community, Sarah Hemstock says there have been so many ad hoc trainings for climate change and disaster risk reduction carried out over the years in numerous communities across the region.
But she says there is no recognition or record of what expertise and experience is available on the ground.
Dr Hemstock says this is a huge disadvantage.
She spoke with Koroi Hawkins.