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08 Jan 2015 description

The study reported here was developed under the PACC project to demonstrate the combined use of modelling, a climate tool – the Cook Islands Coastal Calculator – and community knowledge to quantify the risk of coastal inundation to property and infrastructure in the village of Oneroa now and under future climate scenarios, and to incorporate this information into community decision making and planning for 'climate-proof' development. The study was led by a team of technical experts from the SPC, SOPAC and NIWA, with assistance from the Cook Islands (MOIP)

31 Dec 2014 description

Tectonic Plates and Fault Lines

The region is home to extremes in elevation and the world's most active seismic and volcanic activity. Southwest of India, the Maldives has a maximum height of just 230cm, while far to the north, the Tibetan Plateau averages over 4,500m across its 2.5 million square kilometres and is home to all 14 of the world's peaks above 8,000 metres. The Himalaya were born 70 million years ago when the Arabian Plate collided with the Eurasian plate.

31 Dec 2014 description

Volcanic Explosivity in Asia-Pacific

This map shows the density of volcanic eruptions based on the explosivity index for each eruption and the time period of the eruption. Eruption information is spread to 100km beyond point source to indicate areas that could be affected by volcanic emissions or ground shaking.

31 Dec 2014 description

Earthquake Intensity Risk Zones

This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.

21 Dec 2014 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Guam, Northern Marianna Islands

  • Influenza-like illness: Palau, Solomon Islands

Other updates

Chikungunya

Chikungunya outbreaks are on-going in American Samoa, French Polynesia, Samoa and Tokelau.

Cook Islands reports three imported cases (one with travel history to Samoa and two to French Polynesia).

18 Dec 2014 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Palau, Samoa
  • Diarrhoea: Guam, Palau, Tonga
  • Influenza-like illness: American Samoa, Guam, Palau, Solomon Is, Tuvalu
  • Prolonged Fever: Palau, Solomon Is, Tonga

Other updates

Chikungunya

28 Nov 2014 description

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has ratified an international treaty which enables the country to access a global gene pool of more than 1.6 million plants that belong to the most important food crops.

The Pacific Island nation has become the 132nd Contracting Party to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture through support from the treaty Secretariat, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

23 Nov 2014 description

Mangaia Island Government recognises the significance of this plan in preparing and protecting its people against disasters of any magnitude. The aim is to prioritise the implementation of this plan to safeguard the people of the Cook Islands. Emphasis has been put on safety measures with specific focus on disasters such as cyclones and tsunamis. Global and regional disasters and their devastating consequences is a reminder of the importance of this plan. The goal is to pave the way to accessing the training and resources required to manage disasters

04 Nov 2014 description

In this Issue

Featured Stories

  • Helping Save Samoa's Forests: UNDP Administrator and GEF Chief Executive meet a community on the frontline
  • Supporting Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • Photo essays and stories from: Comoros, Fiji, Haiti, Maldives, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Featured Resources

03 Nov 2014 description
report World Bank

Governments of Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, and the Marshall Islands request extension of Successful Regional Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot

28 Oct 2014 description

(Suva, 28 October 2014): Humanitarians from across the Pacific have gathered in Suva today to strengthen disaster response and coordination in the region.

More than 120 participants are attending the 7th Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) Regional Meeting from 28-30 October 2014. The annual meeting is organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and brings together over 100 humanitarian partners in the region.

20 Oct 2014 description

Director’s Note and About Us

SIDS DOCK Special

SIDS challenged to invest in climate services

‘Vital Harbour’ launch

SIDS & Pacific Resilience Showcase

Renewable energy: The wind beneath our wings

The Solomon Islands way

Natural solutions

IFRC and SPREP sign partnership & Involve communities and the media

Weatherfront & Monthly calendar

10 Oct 2014 description
report Caritas

About this report

This report draws from interviews carried out with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand partners and networks between March and August 2014. We approached groups with these key questions:

What are the environmental issues you are experiencing in your work and community?

What responses are people making?

What solutions do you think should be made?

What else do you want to tell us about environmental impacts affecting people in your community?

30 Sep 2014 description

Secretariat of the Pacifi c Community's (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division through the Disaster Reduction Programme is committed to working with offi cials and communities around the Pacifi c to strengthen the ability of countries to protect people as much as possible from the impact of natural and manmade disasters.

IN THIS ISSUE

  • SPC supports countries in the lead up to the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reducti on

  • First FSM and Fiji National Platforms for Disaster Risk Management

04 Sep 2014 description

4 September, 2014 Apia, Samoa - Today the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) signed a historic partnership agreement that aims to improve the way in which weather and climate information is delivered, understood and acted on, by communities living with the everyday impacts of climate change. The three-year Letter of Agreement was signed at the SPREP headquarters in Apia by Jagan Chapagain, Director of the IFRC’s regional office for Asia Pacific and David Sheppard, Director …

19 Aug 2014 description

Message du Président

L’année écoulée a été synonyme d’avancée pour le PROE, et les Membres comme le Secrétariat peuvent s’enorgueillir à juste titre des progrès et des réalisations accomplis.