To support sustainable development within the Pacific, SOPAC has become increasingly involved in the economic analysis of natural resources in recent years. Economic analysis has been or is being conducted across all three technical programmes: Community Risk, Community Lifelines and Oceans and Islands. The work takes the form of economic or financial feasibility assessments, economic impact assessments, institutional analysis or training to support the sustainability of resource management.
There is a strong focus in the work on producing real outcomes, particularly to advocate for more sustainable use of natural resources at the national level and to support behavioural change at the user level. There is also an emphasis on the wide distribution of findings to different audiences. Findings are disseminated through personal presentations at community, national and international meetings, reports and pamphlets in different languages, television and radio broadcasts and documentaries.
SOPAC is a co-founder of the PREEN (Pacific Resource and Environmental Economics Network)