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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:

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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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Republic of the Marshall Islands: Drought Emergency appeal n° MDRMH001 final report

Period covered by this Final Report: 21 June 2013 – 30 March 2014

Appeal target (current): CHF 409,154

Appeal coverage: 89 %

Appeal history:

  • A revised Emergency Appeal was launched on 20 December 2013, revising down the budget to CHF 409,154 to assist 1,529 beneficiaries in three drought-affected atolls/islands with a time extension of an additional three months (up to March 2014).

  • On 31 August 2013, the first operation update was issued.

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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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United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund 2013 Annual Report

In 2013, CERF enabled the UN and NGOs to respond to crises in 45 countries, including high-level emergencies in the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Syria.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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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:

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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:

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Protecting drinking water from drought and sea level rise

Following last year's drought in the Marshall Islands, existing reservoir and catchment systems were updated and can now last 3-4 months in an emergency, up from 3-4 weeks.

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Preserving Freshwater Resources and Minimizing the Impacts of Drought in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Pacific RISA research assistant Duncan McIntosh recently attended the “Pacific Islands Climate Services Dialog: Preserving Freshwater Resources and Minimizing the Impacts of Drought” workshop which was held 23 to 25 April, 2014 in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is conducting a series of activities to enhance scientific and technical capacity to support climate change adaptation in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS).

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Climate change gets more funding than food security in Pacific

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PACNEWS

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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Interview: “Even small disasters can overwhelm small-island economies”

Ms. Osnat Lubrani is the United Nations Resident Coordinator of the UN multi-country office in Fiji. The office covers 10 Pacific Island countries: Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

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US government to launch grant facility to support climate change initiatives in the Pacific Islands region

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) in Suva on March 26 to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.

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RMI Ministry of Health benefited from Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project

The RMI Ministry of Health, and the Office of Environmental Planning & Policy Coordination, (OEPPC) under the Office of the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, to initiate the delivery, installation and maintenance of 58 solar pumps and 168 solar panels to the Outer Islands Dispensary System under the RMI Ministry of Health.

The MOU signed on April 23, 2014, defines the working relationship between the two agencies in order to implement the delivery, installation and monitoring of the solar panels and pumps.

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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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Climate change optimism after Cartagena Dialogue in Majuro

The Cartagena Dialogue climate talks have wrapped up in Majuro, with optimism that world leaders will work together towards new climate objectives in lieu of the UN Climate Summit in New York this September.

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Holding talks in a place like Marshall Islands allows delegates to see for themselves the damaging effects of rising sea levels.

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New reservoir increases water security on Majuro

Majuro, the main atoll in the Marshall Islands, witnessed the opening of its newly renovated reservoir on 2nd April, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the nation’s president Christopher Loeak. The opening represented the culmination of several years’ work by the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project and partners, which aimed at increasing the resilience of the atoll nation to the impacts of climate change.

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Marshall Islands already in climate change distress - Loeak

The President of Marshall Islands, Christopher Loeak, has delivered a powerful opening address at the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action on climate change in Majuro.

President Loeak described his own country as a nation in distress and painted a graphic picture of the impact that global warming is already having.

He criticised big countries for backsliding on their international commitments and urged them to ensure that their leaders attend the UN meeting on climate change in New York later this year.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 25 - 31 March 2014

In Vanuatu, 11 fatalities have been confirmed after flash floods and landslides. In Sri Lanka, drought affecting 247,000 families prompts preparations for a needs assessment.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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