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Philippines + 2 others
7 April 2014: SW Pacific – Tropical Cyclones

AUSTRALIA: Tropical Cyclone ITA formed in the SW Pacific on 4 April. On 7 April at 06.00 UTC it had a max. sust. wind speed of 84 km/h (called a Category 1 Tropical Cyclone in Australia, equivalent to a Tropical Storm in most other basins) and was located approx. 1 000 km NE of the Australian coasts. (GDACS)

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
4 April 2014: Pacific Severe weather & Solomon Islands - Floods

• SOLOMON ISLANDS Following very heavy rainfall on 2 and 3 April (more than 450mm in 48 hours), caused by a Low Pressure System moving across the Solomon Islands, severe flash floods affected the capital Honiara (pop. 65 000). The mean total rainfall for the whole month of April is 257 mm.

• OCHA and international and local media report extensive flood damage in the capital, caused by overflow of the river Mataniko. Six people are confirmed killed, 30 are missing, more than 10 000 are reported homeless. An estimated 5 000 people were sheltered in at least 11 evacuation centres.

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Palau + 1 other
Clearing the Pacific on Mine Awareness Day

4 April, 2014

Since the end of World War II, explosive remnants of war have continued to impact on the lives of Pacific islanders. They pose a threat to the lives of people in the region, and are a barrier to development and economic growth.

Today marks the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action [external link]. While a lot of work still remains to be done to safely clear the Pacific of this ordnance, significant progress has already been made.

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World + 13 others
US Government Launches Grant Program to Support Climate Change Initiatives in the Pacific Islands Region

The U.S. Government today launched the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund in Suva to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.

The US$24-million (approx. FJ$44 million) grant program will provide grants to qualifying civil society organizations (CSOs) which will implement climate change adaptation activities in twelve countries in the Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

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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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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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Marshall Islands + 13 others
Pacific Regional Office Development Operational Report Quarter 3 & 4 2013 (MAA55001)

Key Accomplishments:

o The adoption of the Marshall Island Red Cross Act by parliament heralded the formation of a new Red Cross National Society.

o With the establishment of a sub-regional office in the northern Pacific, the regional office is now better placed to provide closer more tailored support to national societies in Palau, FSM and RMI.

o Completion of the Pacific Governance Enhancement Programme formative evaluation and endorsement from all Pacific members to continue the programme.

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Mangrove crabs helping Palau adapt to climate change

A new climate change adaptation strategy is taking off in Palau – community rearing of mangrove crabs. Farmers are being supplied with young crablets under the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, which is working to improve food security in the small island nation, and in particular to tackle the over-reliance on imported foods. A distribution of crablets in early February took the total to several thousand crabs that have been handed over to farmers over the last three years.

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Island nation takes on the world’s polluters

Report
IRIN

By Jaspreet Kindra

KOROR, PALAU, 3 February 2014 (IRIN) - A Russian film crew arrived in Palau at the end of 2013 to shoot the reality show ‘Octpob’ on one of the archipelago’s more than 500 islands. The show leaves contestants in isolated locales with limited water and food to test their survival skills. In 2004, the US version of the show, Survivor, was also shot in Palau.

IRIN:

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Samoa + 9 others
Saving lives Changing minds : #7 Aug 2013 - Jan 2014

A message from the International Federation Dear partners,

Welcome to the 7th external edition of Saving Lives Changing Minds. In this edition you will read about the work of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (the Movement) in the Pacific over the last six months – from disaster response to water and sanitation, first aid, community health and the empowerment of young women.

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National Disaster Risk Management Framework 2010

1.1 Background

This new Palau National Disaster Risk Management Framework 2010 (hereinafter referred to as the ‘PNDRMF’ or ‘Framework’) provides for the strengthening of national disaster risk management structures and mechanisms to support improved disaster/emergency preparedness, response and recovery as well as the more effective integration of disaster risk considerations into the national development planning, including budgetary allocation processes.

A review of the 1999 National Disaster Plan (NDP) provided the foundation for the new Framework.

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World + 3 others
La fuite est-elle le dernier recours contre le changement climatique ?

Report
IRIN

KAROR PALAOS, 16 janvier 2014 (IRIN) - Salustiano Albert vit depuis plus de trente ans dans les Palaos, un archipel de plus de 500 îles situé dans l'océan Pacifique occidental. Une partie de la maison familiale - où se côtoient trois générations - était régulièrement inondée par les marées. Depuis quelques années toutefois, c'est l'ensemble de la maison qui est inondée. La famille survit en vendant des gâteaux collants cuits à la vapeur et faits à base de taro et de noix de coco. Elle a par ailleurs puisé dans ses économies limitées pour réparer les dommages causés par les inondations.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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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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World + 3 others
Will fleeing home be the last resort as the climate changes?

Report
IRIN

KAROR, PALAU, 14 January 2014 (IRIN) - Salustiano Albert has lived in Palau, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean comprising over 500 islands, for more than three decades. Part of his family home, where three generations live, used to be flooded regularly by the tides, but in the past few years his entire house has been inundated. They survive by selling steamed sticky cakes made from taro root cooked with coconut, and have been dipping into their limited savings to repair the damage. Relocating is not an option. “This is my home,” he says firmly. "We just cope… and carry on."

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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World + 12 others
Australia’s mine action activities 2012–2013

Summary

This document summarises the achievements of mine action activities funded by Australia during the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 through its bilateral and global mine action programs.

Description

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Cook Islands + 16 others
Traditional Knowledge for Adapting to Climate Change

Introduction

Strengthening resilience to natural disasters and combating climate change through culture Pacific islanders have been dealing with a changing environment for centuries.