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IFRC and SPREP sign partnership to improve climate information and reduce disaster risk for Pacific Islanders

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.

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World + 21 others
PROE Rapport annuel 2013

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.

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World + 21 others
SPREP Annual Report 2013

SPREP launches 2013 Annual Report

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is pleased to advise that the 2013 SPREP Annual Report is now available online. In 2013 SPREP celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the SPREP Treaty, which established the Secretariat as an autonomous body.

Mr David Sheppard, Director General of SPREP explains that there was a lot to celebrate during this anniversary year:

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World + 4 others
20th Regional Disaster Managers Meeting : Chair's Summary

The 20th Regional Disaster Managers Meeting was convened jointly by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at the Novotel Hotel, in Suva, Fiji on 5th ‐ 6th June 2014.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 5 others
Adapting to climate change in the Pacific: Knowledge is power

The wealth of knowledge gathered over the past five years under the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project is now being shared through a range of newly launched resources. .

The regional project is the first major adaptation initiative covering three components including mainstreaming climate change, a demonstration project and the development and communication of knowledge products. Fourteen Pacific island countries are participant to the project, which targets food production and security, water resource and management as well as coastal management.

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Tonga + 12 others
Pacific Islands Humanitarian Bulletin, July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

• El Niño alert issued, with meteorologists estimating a 70 per cent chance of event developing by late 2014.

• OCHA and the Pacific Humanitarian Team responded to five emergencies between November 2013 and May 2014.

• Recovery efforts in cyclone-affected Tonga include a cash-for-work programme focusing on food security and debris management.

• A study of the Pacific Humanitarian Team response in the Solomon Islands finds coordination support appreciated, but improved communication and assessments needed.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 3 others
Climate Change Matters Issue 25 —July 2014

Inside This Issue

Director’s note 2

Pacific Pilot Project on Climate Resilience and the Regional Technical Support Mechanism 3

Pacific to have very first Joint Regional Climate and Disaster Resilience Plan 3

Fourth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4

PACC lays knowledge foundations for climate change adaptation in the Pacific 5

Pacific featured at International Capacity Development Forum 6

Low Carbon Development planned for the Pacific region 6

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Solomon Islands + 7 others
Snapshots 85 - Disaster Reduction Programme Newsletter, October 2013 - June 2014

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

1 . Assessing the damage after floods in the Solomon Islands

2 . Tropical Cyclone Ian hits Tonga

  • Increased interoperability between emergency response agencies

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World + 8 others
Climate and Disaster Resilience Plans for National Broadcasters in the Pacific

National broadcast stations of eight Pacific Island countries will have Climate and Disaster Resilience Plans developed by April 2015.

The project is to help broadcast stations strengthen their ability to provide quality and timely information without fail. This timely communication will enable communities to prepare and respond to natural disasters, and to ensure that stations are well prepared and equipped to continue broadcast coverage during times of emergencies, while ensuring that staff remains safe.

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World + 21 others
Declaration : Sixieme session de la Plateforme oceanienne pour la gestion des risques de catastrophe ; La voie a suivre, vers un developpement resilient aux risques climatiques et aux catastrophes dans le Pacifique, 2 - 4 juin, Suva (Fidji)

NOUS, représentants des États et Territoires insulaires océaniens1 , du Timor-Leste, des organisations de la société civile, des organisations régionales et des partenaires du développement présents à la sixième session de la Plateforme océanienne pour la gestion des risques de catastrophe, tenue à Suva (Fidji), du 2 au 4 juin 2014 ;

CONSCIENTS des défis à relever pour renforcer la résilience aux risques climatiques et aux catastrophes en Océanie, tout en inscrivant la région dans une logique de développement durable ;

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 21 others
Meeting Statement: Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management; The Way Forward: Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific, 2-4 June 2014, Suva, Fiji

WE, the representatives of Pacific Island Countries and Territories , Timor Leste, civil society organisations, regional organisations and development partners attending the Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management in Suva, 2-4 June 2014;

MINDFUL, of the challenge of strengthening the climate and disaster resilience of the Pacific islands region in the context of sustainable development;

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 3 others
Climate Change Matters Issue 24 —June 2014

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Director‟s Note 2

About us 2

Tokelau wins EECA Renewable Energy Award 2014 3

Raise your hands for a better future in Abaiang, Kiribati 3

COSPPac officially releases Real-Time Data Display 4

South-West Pacific Regional Association Meets 4

Pacific will join UN Climate Negotiations in Bonn 4

Samoa Launch of the Fifth Assessment Climate Change Reports 5

Climate-proof road opens in Kosrae, FSM 5

SIDS Dock nearing formalisation as an international organisation 6

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Cambodia + 9 others
Dengue Situation Update, 3 June 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. The recent trend for dengue is increasing in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia and Singapore. Compared to 2013, Malaysia was the only country of these four where 2014 was substantially higher compared to the same period in 2013.

Dengue virus infection in the Pacific Region

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World + 1 other
World Environment Day Message from SPREP Deputy Director-General Mr. Kosi Latu

Raise your voice, not the sea level this World Environment Day.

Celebrate our Pacific achievements, empower our Environment Champions who work with hope to achieve a better environment and make a conscious effort to do something, no matter how small, to make a positive change to our environment.

One island in our Pacific region that is making an impact with their commitment to a better environment is Tokelau. The small island is a global leader in Renewable Energy, proving that size and isolation are no barriers to achieving great feats once you put your mind to it.

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Climate change gets more funding than food security in Pacific

By Online Editor
6:22 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2014, Ethiopia

Reports by PACNEWS Journalist, Pita Ligaiula in Addis Ababa

Climate Change in the Pacific receives more funding from donors than food security, according to a regional government official.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)’s Food Security Technical officer, Gibson Susumu said there is a need for climate change and food security to be given same priority in terms of funding.

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Palau + 2 others
European Union supports achievements in national resilience planning

15 May 2014, Secretariat of Pacific Community, Suva Fiji - The Cook Islands, Palau and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) have achieved key national governance and resilience planning milestones. This achievement affords these countries a strategic perspective on priorities to address disaster-related risks under the European Union-funded project EDF 10 ACP EU: Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific.

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A new climate-resilient harbour launched in the Cook Islands

For residents on Mangaia, the ceremony to launch the Mangaia Harbour or 'Avarua Landing', as locals call it, was more than just a ribbon cutting event. It was the start of a new life for residents of the most southern island of the Cook Islands. The improved harbour allows for easier transfer of cargo, a vital service for the people of Mangaia.

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Marshall Islands + 2 others
Water supply the focus of SPREP's first climate change adaptation project

Progress is being made in helping Pacific nations adapt to climate change with the completion of water resource projects in Marshall Islands and Tonga, and the renovation of Mangaia Harbour in Cook Islands.

Water supply the focus of SPREP's first climate change adaptation project (Credit: ABC) The projects were overseen by SPREP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, which is also working on other climate change adaptation programs across the Pacific.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

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