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Food, glorious food: Climate change adaptation project enhances food security on Palau

30 July 2014, Nadi, Fiji - Lowland farms, upland farms, aquaculture and food processing have been four key areas of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project in Palau with one of the key outcomes being three new strains of salt water resistant taro for the island nation.

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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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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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Improved access to safe water for the Haiyan affected people

Some 200 people of Kayangel, a small island of Palau are now taking support from a UNDP project for having improved access to water through renewable and sustainable solar water pumping systems. It is expected that the new system will improve the stable access of power to run the pumps in Kayangel, in turn improving access to freshwater for the inhabitants of the island.

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Solomon Islands + 7 others
Snapshots 85 - Disaster Reduction Programme Newsletter, October 2013 - June 2014

Secretariat of the Pacific Community's (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division through the Disaster Reduction Programme is committed to working with officials and communities around the Pacific to strengthen the ability of countries to protect people as much as possible from the impact of natural and manmade disasters.

IN THIS ISSUE:

1 . Assessing the damage after floods in the Solomon Islands

2 . Tropical Cyclone Ian hits Tonga

  • Increased interoperability between emergency response agencies

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Palau first to start work on national broadcasters' climate and disaster resilience plan

Palau is the first island nation to begin work on a project to develop Climate and Disaster Resilience Plans for national broadcasters through an 'emergency management for media' course that was completed on Thursday.

This training is part of an initiative funded by the Pacific Assistance Media Scheme (PACMAS) and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

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World + 8 others
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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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.

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Palau + 2 others
European Union supports achievements in national resilience planning

15 May 2014, Secretariat of Pacific Community, Suva Fiji - The Cook Islands, Palau and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) have achieved key national governance and resilience planning milestones. This achievement affords these countries a strategic perspective on priorities to address disaster-related risks under the European Union-funded project EDF 10 ACP EU: Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific.

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Fiji + 9 others
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.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Residents hope to return to Palau's Kayangal island after Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan destroyed all the homes on the small island of Kayangal but now Palau residents are hoping to return home.

Before it hit the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan also devastated the small island of Kayangal in Palau.

While there were no deaths in Kayangal, all of the homes on the island were destroyed, forcing those who lived there to be moved out.

But Palau's vice president, Antonio Bells, says it's hoped the typhoon survivors will soon be able to return to their island.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Australia + 3 others
Australian aid groups release report calling for future help

Providing relief and assistance after natural disasters or conflict is not cheap, and with an expectation that the world will see more of both in future, Australian agencies which deliver those services are urging the government to be prepared.

The Australian Council for International Development, and Australia's leading NGOs, have released a report focusing on the challenges faced by the humanitarian system.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Fiji + 11 others
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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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.