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World + 3 others
A five year project strengthening Natural Solutions in the Pacific region

31 August 2014, Apia, Samoa - A 5-year, €5 million project titled 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption', has been signed on the cusp of the 3rd International Conference of Small Island Developing States.

The project was signed between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

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Fiji + 1 other
Experts begin flood control study for Nadi

Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Fijian Government and the Government of Japan, two experts have started work to look at mitigating flooding in Nadi.

Nadi Town special administrator Robin Ali says the two Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) officers are carrying out assessment works at the Nadi River and will put a report on proposed solutions.

The two have been working out of the Nadi Town Council and will put together a detailed and comprehensive report for best flood control practices.

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Construction of Welafi Evacuation Centre progressing well

The construction of the Welagi Evacuation Centre in Taveuni is progressing well, says Director of the National Disaster Management, Mr Manasa Tagicakibau.

The construction of this centre would assist the people of Welagi during any natural disaster especially during cyclones or hurricanes.

Mr Tagicakibau added the project was initiated by the community in consultation with Government to mitigate disaster risks.

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Narikoso villagers elated with first harvest since planned relocation

The villagers of Narikoso in Kadavu are thrilled with their first vegetable harvest since their agricultural training conducted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and subsequent establishment of a community nursery and demonstration farms. This harvest is a significant milestone in the relocation of the villagers to their new site, a move they will have to make in order to escape the inundation of their coastal homes due to sea-level rise.

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Climate change a threat to Fiji’s food security

“Unless action is taken soon, climate change will drastically affect our food security and above all, affect different communities in Fiji.”

This was pointed during presentation by the Ministry of Agriculture at the National Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change workshop underway in Suva.

The Ministry’s economic planning officer Jone Raileabula highlighted that countries in the region including Fiji are experiencing the effects of climate change, including worsening coastal erosion and floods. This said has a severe impact on food security.

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Fiji Climate Change Newsletter Issue 8 | August 2014

Fiji leads UN climate change meeting

The fortieth (40th) session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), as well as the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) was recently concluded in Bonn in June.

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Fiji Play Fair: A Human Rights Agenda

Report
Amnesty

Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama’s eight years in power have seen ongoing serious human rights violations fuel a climate of fear that must be brought to an end, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published ahead of the leader’s visit to New Zealand this week.

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World + 10 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, July 2014 - Issue 12

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regional general price inflation moderated to 5.7 percent in June after reaching 6.1 percent in May. Food price inflation slowed to 4.4 percent from 5 percent during the same period.

  • The benchmark Thai 100% B rice price rose 2.6 percent, but regional rice prices were stable.

  • Wheat prices fell annually by 3.5 percent in South Asia, and 8.2 percent in Pakistan.

  • China expects 122.6 million tonnes of wheat output this year, up 2 percent over last year.

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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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Collective approach towards disaster management

FIJI needs to harness its climate change mitigation and disaster risk management efforts to avoid duplication of resources and manpower.

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) director Mr Manasa Tagicakibau said this will be the main thrust behind building a National Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change.

In addition, he said through the four day workshop next week, more awareness and understanding for recently launched Government initiative called the Green Growth Framework will be sought.

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Malaysia + 11 others
Dengue Situation Update, 12 August 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 23 July:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 53,246
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 147

The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 19 July (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 35,264
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 134
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Fiji + 1 other
Australia to co-lead international observation of Fijian election

Australia will co-lead the Multinational Observation Group for the Fiji elections on 17 September, at the invitation of Fiji.

This development is a further sign of the Australian Government’s commitment to normalise relations with Fiji, as well as our support to Fiji’s electoral process and return to democracy.

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Officers take disaster management course

Representatives from disaster and incident management agencies undertook a two-day course on inter-service incident management in Suva last week.

The Australasian Inter-Service Incident Management System or AIIMS Course introduced participants to a systematic way of managing incidents when involving either single or multi-agencies.

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World + 14 others
Swamped by Rising Seas, Small Islands Seek a Lifeline

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 11 2014 (IPS) - The world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), some in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth because of sea-level rise triggered by climate change, will be the focus of an international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month.

Scheduled to take place Sep. 1-2, the conference will provide world leaders with “a first-hand opportunity to experience climate change and poverty challenges of small islands.”

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Evaluating ecosystem-based adaptation for Disaster Risk Reduction in Fiji

This document is an output from a project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of developing countries. In the wake of two major flood events and a cyclone occurring between January and December 2012, we conducted a state-of-the-science assessment of disaster risk reduction for flooding in the Ba and Penang River catchments in Viti Levu, Fiji to identify the most cost-effective management options for communities and households.

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From the fields to the table: Investing in climate-resilient infrastructure and crops in Fiji

A COUNTRY AT RISK

RESPONDING TO CLIMATE CHANGE THREATS

Coastal communities and low-lying farms in Fiji are already victims of climate change. Sea-level rise and flash floods are putting enormous pressure on the outdated drainage networks systems in Fiji. The systems are simply overwhelmed and cannot cope with the increase in water volume. As a result, they cannot hold water back and prevent flooding. The spillover has a direct impact on food and cash crops, threatening food security and damaging the economy.

THE COST OF INACTION IS HIGH

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CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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Northern Division on disaster preparedness training

Disaster preparedness is taking a high profile in the Northern Division over the next three days.

Specialised training is being provided for senior government staff and other key stakeholders in disaster response and relief. This will be followed by a table top exercise designed to provide an opportunity for those that attended the training as well as other stakeholders to begin to practise the skills that were taught and the processes required for an effective disaster response.