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10 Feb 2015 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Director’s Note and About Us 2

If we save Tuvalu, we save the world 3

Solar power brings water in Tonga 3

The global early warning system 4

Solomon Islands at COP 4

Palau to continue Kyoto Protocol 4

Ecosystem-based Adaptation 5

Highlighting the power of solar in Tuvalu 5

Upheaval of Fiji communities 5

Marshall Islands at COP 6

Renewable energy summit 6

Cook Islands and the Adaptation Fund 6

Samoa Pathway 7

Monthly calendar 7

02 Feb 2015 description

The World Health Organisation says hospitals in the Pacific region are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change and coastal erosion.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

23 Jan 2015 description

A king tide has caused widespread flooding in the capital of Majuro and at least four remote outer islands in the Marshall Islands.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

14 Jan 2015 description

Donations keep citizens healthy

Jan. 2015—Julian Bejang, 40, knows all about living through droughts.

She is from Lib Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which receives on average 20 inches of rain annually. A mother of two young children, she learned to wait out lean times when water was hard to come by and how to cope until the water returned. But one year after the last drought began, the water didn’t return.

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.

31 Dec 2014 description

Physical Exposure to Drought

Drought is a phenomenon that affects more people globally than any other natural hazard. Unlike aridity, which refers to a semi-permanent condition of low precipitation (desert regions), drought results from the accumulated effect of deficient precipitation over a prolonged period of time.

The units used in this product refer to the expected average annual population (2010 as the year of reference) exposed (inhabitants). The dataset includes an estimate of the annual physical exposure to drought. It is based on three sources:

11 Dec 2014 description

8 December 2014, Lima, Peru - Describing themselves as an Early Warning System for the global community, the CANCC - the Coalition of Low Lying Atoll Nations on the issue of Climate Change was born this year comprising of Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Tokelau and Tuvalu.

09 Dec 2014 description

New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction

30 Nov 2014 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Director’s Note and About Us 2

IPCC report signals harsh realities for the Pacific 3

SPREP and Marshall Islands agreement 3

Pacific islands training for Adaptation Fund proposals 3

Linking the right people through RTSM 4

Lightning training for Pacific Met services 4

Pacific Climate Change Portal and iCLIM 5

Adaptation Stories from the North Pacific and Cost Benefit Analysis in FSM 5

Pacific Voices in Negotiations and Vanuatu Awareness Seminar 6

Agroforestry training in Tuvalu 6

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).

03 Nov 2014 description
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Governments of Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, and the Marshall Islands request extension of Successful Regional Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot

24 Oct 2014 description

There's been a huge drop in copra production in the Marshall Islands this year.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

17 Oct 2014 description

Recurrent floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, and seasonal typhoons present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

14 Oct 2014 description

A ground-breaking Letter of Agreement has been signed between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands to support the development of urgently needed climate change adaptation activities.