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Small yet strong: voices from Oceania on the environment

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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?

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Rotavirus claims 2 lives and infects 500 in Kiribati

Kiribati's Ministry of Health says rotavirus is responsible for the deaths of two children and around 500 cases of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Read the full story.

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Vanuatu + 10 others
The Pacific - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 19 September 2014)

Normal to below normal rainfall is evident in many Pacific Island countries with the signs of El Niño development, while measles and chikungunya outbreaks are reported in the region.

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 + 11 others
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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Helping people living in the outer islands to develop healthy and sustainable livelihoods in Kiribati

IFAD invests in rural communities vulnerable to climate change, limited access to fresh and clean water, and malnutrition

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Kiribati Joint Implementation Plan for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (KJIP) 2014 - 2023

Executive Summary

Background

The Republic of Kiribati is made up of three main island groups:The Gilbert, Phoenix and Line Islands and one isolated raised limestone island, Banaba (Ocean Island).The groups of islands contain 33 scattered atoll islands, dispersed over 3.5 million square kilometers in the central Pacific Ocean.The three main island groups stretch over 800 kilometers from north to south and over 3,210 kilometers from east to west.

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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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Kiribati's President launches first Joint Implementation Plan for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

His Excellency Anote Tong, the President of Kiribati, launched the Kiribati Joint Implementation Plan for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (KJIP) on 29 August 2014 in Tarawa, together with the Population Policy and Population Implementation Strategy. At the launch, the President said: ‘These policies are key government priorities touching the life of the people where it matters most. [...] The formulation of these policies was as sensitive as possible, involving all partners and communities. They represent powerful tools to coordinate and jointly monitor the implementation.

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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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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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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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Fiji + 12 others
USAID Rolls Out Pacific-American Climate Fund in Apia

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a workshop for select civil society, academic and private sector organizations on Wednesday, July 16 to announce the five-year, USD $24-million Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Center.

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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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Kiribati to host climate change meeting of atoll island nations

By Online Editor 12:46 pm GMT+12, 03/07/2014, Kiribati Kiribati is set to host a climate change meeting next week of atoll nations to consolidate their stance as frontline and most vulnerable states in the face of climate change, according to a report from the Office of the President in Tarawa.

For these frontline nations, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu, climate change is an issue of security and survival.

They are meeting under an affiliation known as the Coalition of Atoll Nations on Climate Change (CANCC).

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World + 1 other
FEATURE: Should international refugee law accommodate climate change?

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UN News Service

The short answer is no. The more considered response raises questions about how much political will there is for a discussion that UN experts say was unimaginable a few decades ago.

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New approach to aid in Abaiang, Kiribati

Aid projects sometimes take a piecemeal approach to tackling problems in communities but SPREP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, is working on a "whole of island" project in Abaiang in Kiribati.

The atoll is just north of north of the Equator, and the outer island closest to the capital of Tarawa is home to more than 5,000 -- the fourth largest population of any atoll in the nation.

It has all the problems of a coral island with a large population, a water supply under threat of salt invasion and poor soil for agriculture.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Learning about climate change the Pacific way

Children across the Pacific are set to receive a visual learning aid that will help them understand climate change processes and encourage them to get active in adaptation and mitigation. A new picture-based education resource called ‘Learning about Climate Change the Pacific Way’ has been produced for students, teachers and facilitators. It includes posters and country-specific teacher guides that illustrate and explain key concepts such as climate, the causes and effects of climate change, and adaptation and mitigation options for Pacific Islands.

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President of Kiribati Anote Tong on climate change: "It's too late for us" on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Anote Tong, President of Kiribati. Tong speaks with Fareed about how climate change is critically effecting the island nation, and what role America plays in the debate.