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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:

14 Dec 2014 description

The Australian-managed Ebola Treatment Centre at Hastings Airfield, near Freetown in Sierra Leone, will commence operations tonight.Australia is now managing the Centre following the completion of construction by the United Kingdom.

Patients will be referred to the Centre and in line with best practice it will commence operations with five beds. Operations will be gradually scaled up to full capacity at 100 beds under strict guidelines to ensure infection control procedures are working effectively and trained staff and safety practices are in place.

12 Dec 2014 description

The UK has so far pledged £230 million to help the people of Sierra Leone defeat Ebola. This will build 6 treatment centres across the country, provide food and supplies for thousands of quarantined homes and already has provided over 750 operational beds to isolate and treat cases of Ebola.

As well as giving its own money, Britain has asked other countries across the world to join them in supporting Sierra Leone. So far Norway, Denmark, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Canada have all agreed to provide health staff for Sierra Leone.

01 Dec 2014 description

Overview

Mixed ows of urban asylum-seekers and migrants from South-West Asia, the Middle East and Africa continue to be the main protection feature in the subregion.

The central challenge for UNHCR is to assist States in shaping responses that balance concerns for border and migration control with the protection of asylumseekers’ rights.

23 Nov 2014 description
report Government of Tonga

06 November 2014 The Asian Development Bank granted a total of USD$4.52 million from its Disaster Response Facility. The sum is to assist the Government of Tonga with the reconstruction, and climate and disaster proofing of the electricity network and school facilities that were damaged by Cyclone Ian in January 2014. Of this contribution, USD$2.7 million has been allocated to the restoration of the electricity network.

20 Nov 2014 description
report Caritas

Caritas supports the government’s prioritising of the Pacific for direct climate change related funding, rather than making a major contribution to the global Green Climate Fund.

At the G20 summit in Australia on the weekend, Prime Minister John Key pledged $3 million to the Fund, but said New Zealand would continue to focus on the Pacific in bilateral climate change funding initiatives. The United Nations fund aims to support developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

11 Nov 2014 description

There are fresh calls for New Zealand to stop deporting Tongan overstayers back to the islands of Ha'apai devastated by Cyclone Ian in January.

Read more on the Radio New Zealand International website

04 Nov 2014 description

1.1 Description of New Zealand’s resettlement policy

New Zealand has been accepting refugees for resettlement since the end of the Second World War. In 1987, the Government established a formal annual quota for the resettlement of refugees.

Over time, New Zealand’s refugee policy has evolved in response to changing global circumstances and needs. This has resulted in the resettlement of a diverse range of nationalities.

10 Oct 2014 description
report 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?

28 Aug 2014 description

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that New Zealand will provide $500,000 to support humanitarian efforts by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Iraq.

“The situation in Iraq has worsened dramatically since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) began their offensive,” Mr McCully says.

“ISIL’s actions deserve the strongest condemnation. We have been appalled by the loss of life, displacement of civilians and the widespread abuses of human rights.

21 Aug 2014 description
report Irrawaddy

By KYAW HSU MON / THE IRRAWADDY

Sparsely populated New Zealand could be said to be punching above its wait in terms of Burmese refugee intake. About 2,000 Burmese, largely coming from refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border, now live in the island nation of 4.4 million people.

08 Aug 2014 description

A family from Tuvalu have been granted New Zealand residency after claiming they would be affected by climate change if they returned home.

It is the first successful application for residency on humanitarian grounds when climate change has been a factor.

Environmental law expert Vernon Rive, of Auckland University of Technology, says climate change was one of several factors the Immigration and Protection Tribunal took into account.

25 Jun 2014 description

Executive Summary

The purpose of this report is to appraise changes in disaster risk management (DRM) behaviour that have occurred in the Pacific Region since the adoption of the HFA in 2005, focusing on the overall progress towards achieving the three Strategic Goals and Five Priorities for Action outlined in the HFA. The report identifies the principal enabling factors behind the major achievements in DRM in the Region since 2005, as well as gaps in progress and the principal impediments in the Region to DRM.

18 Jun 2014 description

In 2012 New Zealand Red Cross Refugee services reviewed Its framework and services for resettlement of refugee youth ages 12-24. Information was gathered in focus groups or interviews with 76 people including youth, parents, Red Cross Refugee services’ staff and representatives of community groups and government agencies. The Review confirmed staff concerns and Informal feedback from youth and Refugee-background communities that experiences of resettling in New Zealand did not always meet the youths’ and their parents’ hopes and expectations for life In their new country.

18 Jun 2014 description

RED CROSS PILOT SHOWS NEED FOR TARGETED HEALTH SERVICES FOR REFUGEES

New Zealand Red Cross Refugee Services is urging New Zealand’s health agencies to plan, advocate for and address the health needs of former refugees.

To mark World Refugee Day New Zealand Red Cross has released two reports on the health and wellbeing of former refugees and on refugee youth experiences. Both will be launched at an event at Parliament tomorrow, Thursday, 19 June.

11 Jun 2014 description

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 ;

11 Jun 2014 description

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;