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Adapting to climate change on The Rock, the Niuean way

Teach a man to fish and he can feed his family, teach a man how to build and maintain water tanks and he can ensure continuous water supply for his family.

29 July 2014, Nadi, Fiji - How many small Pacific islands do you know of that have their own plastic manufacturing plant, enabling them to produce their own water tanks?

The Pacific island of Niue does thanks to a partnership between two Climate Change Projects, the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project and the Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States Project.

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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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Staff at the Niue Meteorological Service are taking part in a training program to make their forecasts and warnings more user friendly

Audio: Training to make Niue weather forecasts more user-friendly (Credit: ABC)

The aim is to provide clearer information without too many technical terms so that local communities know how best to prepare for adverse weather.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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World + 21 others
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:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 21 others
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:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 22 others
Climate change gets more funding than food security in Pacific

Report
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.

PACNEWS:



PNS (ENDS)



Copyright © Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association

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Marshall Islands + 5 others
In celebration of World Water Day – adapting to climate change through better water management

As the world observes World Water Day on 21 March this year, six projects under the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) programme have their own good reasons for celebrating. Each has contributed to major improvements in their nation’s water management, making their communities much more resilient to the future climate.

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World + 20 others
Climate change threatening small island countries and posing a danger to food security in landlocked states

Mongolia Ministry of Industry and Agriculture convenes high-level forum to discuss remedial action – 10 Government Ministers attend

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 12 Mar 2014 -- While the environments of small islands in the Pacific and landlocked countries with no access to the sea may seem polar opposites, they share common problems that need collaborative efforts to address and resolve if food security is to be guaranteed for future generations, a specially convened meeting in the Mongolian capital has heard.

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World + 8 others
Island countries seek ways to better access funds

2 March 2012, Apia, Samoa -- Accessing funds for Climate Change adaptation is a key challenge for the Pacific as knowing where to seek information on the financing available and how to access the funds is not always as cut and dried as it seems.

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Niue Government Endorses Meteorological Services Act

Niue now has a legislation making comprehensive provisions in relation to the provision of meteorological and climate related services. The "Meteorological Services Act of 2013 (No. 326)", was passed by Niue's Assembly on 11 September 2013, and subsequently signed and sealed by the Speaker of Assembly, Honorable Ahohiva Levi, on 23 September 2013.

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Fiji + 14 others
European Union and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) sign a €35.5 (FJ$90.8) million financing agreement on climate change and sustainable energy

The programme will help 15 Pacific countries to address three main challenges: adapting to climate change; reducing their reliance on fossil fuels; and capacity building.

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Niue rejects plan to house Australia asylum seekers

01/23/2014 06:53 GMT

WELLINGTON, January 23, 2014 (AFP) - A proposal by Niue Premier Toke Talagi for his small Pacific nation to house asylum-seekers to Australia has been rejected by the Niuean parliament.

About 1,700 asylum-seekers who took people-smuggling boats to Australia are being held in camps on Papua New Guinea and the Pacific island of Nauru under a deal with Canberra.

Agence France-Presse:

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Rainwater tank manufacturing facility opens in Niue

The Premier of Niue, the Honourable Toke Talagi, officially opened a new plastic tank moulding facility on Thursday last week. The opening was attended by about 100 people, a considerable turnout in the small island nation of Niue, which has a population of around 1,500.

The purpose-built facility is equipped to manufacture 5,000 litre plastic tanks suitable for rainwater storage.

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World + 21 others
Technical paper: The risk of disaster-induced displacement - South Pacific island states

A new paper aims to assess the risk of disaster-induced displacement in 21 island states in the South Pacific to guide development and preparedness planning.

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Niue's Joint National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change

Niue's Joint National Action Plan (JNAP) for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management provides a three year plan of action to address existing gaps relating to vulnerability to climate change impacts and disasters. Developed in partnership with Pacific regional organisations (SPC/SOPAC and SPREP), the Government of Niue have identified five priority areas of attention, which form the goals in the JNAP Implementation Matrix.

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National Action Plan Addressing Land Degradation and Drought

The global impacts of desertification and land degradation prompted the United Nations Organization to adopt the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD) in 1994. Niue acceded to the UNCCD on 12 August 1998 and entered into force on 10 November 1998. Under the CCD all parties to the Convention are expected to prepare and implement a National Action Programme (NAP). The action plan formulated and information presented are largely drawn from previous environmental reports and recommendations, which relate to land degradation and/or drought mitigation measures.

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Niue National Disaster Plan 2010

The aim of the Niue National Disaster Plan is to strengthen the resilience of Niue and its communities to  national emergencies through the development of effective preparedness, response and recovery,  arrangements. The plan reflects the commitment by the Government of Niue to strengthening the  resilience of our nation and communities to disasters and supports the vision of the Pacific Regional  Framework for Action 2005 ‐ 2015.

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Niue Foou ‐ A New Niue: Cyclone Heta Recovery Plan

The objective of this Recovery Plan is to formulate and prioritise actions in order for Niue to recover from  Cyclone Heta and to re‐build towards prosperity.