Mar 24 2015 (IPS) - As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action on climate finance, which they say is vital for building climate resilience and arresting development losses.
World Tuberculosis Day reminds us all of the important work under way to eradicate this highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease, but also that more needs to be done to save lives across the Pacific and globally.
“We’ve achieved significant progress in the detection and treatment of tuberculosis cases in the Pacific region in recent years, but a renewed effort is essential to ‘reach, treat and cure everyone’,” according to a Tuberculosis Epidemiologist at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Jojo Merilles.
JOINT PRESS RELEASE - CROP Agencies unify to support Pacific countries recover and rebuild after Cyclone PAM.
“The Pacific family stands together to face the tragic recent effects of the tropical cyclones in the Pacific. We are not only linked by our grief and prayers for the dead, injured and homeless but also in our resolve to work together to support our brothers and sisters in Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Republic of the Marshall Islands and New Caledonia.
Suva, Fiji March 13 - As Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam, Tropical Storm Bavi and Cyclone Nathan make their way across the Pacific, the Red Cross is working with both communities and local authorities to prepare for what could become an unprecedented relief response.
“Cyclone Pam on its own has the capacity to do immense damage, but now with Bavi and Nathan, we could be looking at one of the biggest Pacific responses in recent memory,” says Aurelia Balpe, head of delegation for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the Pacific.
As the world marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the international roadmap for gender equality, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is proud to release the Pacific regional report on progress made since 1995.
Launched overnight at a side event during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, the Beijing+20 report is one of the most significant reports released in recent years highlighting progress and setbacks in 16 Pacific Island countries and territories.
A. Executive Summary
This compendium showcases programmes and projects from across the Pacific region that address climate change and disaster risks, through climate change adaptation (CCA), disaster risk management (DRM) and/or greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
Israel says it will donate a water purification vehicle to the Marshall Islands.
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
The World Health Organisation says hospitals in the Pacific region are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change and coastal erosion.
A king tide has caused widespread flooding in the capital of Majuro and at least four remote outer islands in the Marshall Islands.
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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction
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