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A five year project strengthening Natural Solutions in the Pacific region

31 August 2014, Apia, Samoa - A 5-year, €5 million project titled 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption', has been signed on the cusp of the 3rd International Conference of Small Island Developing States.

The project was signed between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

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Measles vaccination to start in Solomons

Health authorities in Solomon Islands are scrambling to control a measles outbreak in the country which has claimed the lives of two children, with more than 500 cases reported so far.

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Two dead in Solomons from measles

The Solomon Islands Health Ministry has confirmed that two children have died from complications related to measles, as the outbreak escalates.

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Housing plans for disaster-affected around the country awaiting government endorsement

Housing plans to assist disaster-affected people have been developed, and are awaiting approval and financial support from the government.

A budget submission seeking funds for housing repairs and reconstruction in Honiara, Guadalcanal and repatriation areas had been submitted to the Ministry of Finance.

The submission also includes permanent housing reconstruction for Temotu communities affected by the 2013 tsunami and earthquake.

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Improving health of rural communities

Report
World Vision

Rolland Gito - Rara is a remote community in Solomon Islands where basic health services are limited leaving women and children especially vulnerable to disease and injury. World Vision is working with communities in south Malaita province to adopt improved health and nutritional practices in order to protect the health of women and children.

Rebecca Supa’au, 30, a village health volunteer, spends time with women in the village raising awareness on healthy diet, good hygiene practices, antenatal checks and having a clean environment.

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Australia provides additional $2 million for Solomon Islands flood recovery effort

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Brett Mason, today announced Australia will provide an additional $2 million to assist ongoing recovery efforts following April’s devastating floods in Solomon Islands.

The disaster claimed 23 lives, displaced thousands and inflicted widespread damage to local infrastructure, including critical bridges and roads.

Senator Mason made the announcement while delivering a keynote address to business leaders and Solomon Islands Government ministers at the Solomon Islands Business Forum in Brisbane.

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Solomon Islands atoll desperate for supplies

By Online Editor

10:25 am GMT+12, 21/08/2014, Solomon Islands

A former trade negotiator in Solomon Islands says the people of Sikaiana Atoll in the Malaita Province are desperate for food and medical supplies after five months without a shipping service.

Robert Sisilo says the situation is increasingly urgent and the population of 250 people are without a nurse or teachers.

He says food grown on the island has basically run out and people are pleading with authorities in Honiara to send a boat as quickly as possible.

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PROE Rapport annuel 2013

Message du Président

L’année écoulée a été synonyme d’avancée pour le PROE, et les Membres comme le Secrétariat peuvent s’enorgueillir à juste titre des progrès et des réalisations accomplis.

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SPREP Annual Report 2013

SPREP launches 2013 Annual Report

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is pleased to advise that the 2013 SPREP Annual Report is now available online. In 2013 SPREP celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the SPREP Treaty, which established the Secretariat as an autonomous body.

Mr David Sheppard, Director General of SPREP explains that there was a lot to celebrate during this anniversary year:

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Sea-level rise mapping: An eye-opener for a Solomon Islands community

When it comes to understanding climate change, a map can speak a thousand words. That was the case in one village in the Solomon Islands, where a recent training on sea level rise mapping showed community members first-hand some of the changes they can expect to see on their small farms.

The Solomon Islands consists of about 900 islands lying directly in the cyclone zone east of Papua New Guinea. Food security is a chronic issue, with farmers growing subsistence crops like taro, sweet potatoes, cassava and bananas on steeply sloped or low lying small plots.

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ADB Helps Rebuild Flood-Damaged Transport Infrastructure in Solomon Islands

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $15.58 million project to help the Solomon Islands rebuild transport infrastructure damaged by recent flash floods.

The assistance, drawn from ADB’s Disaster Response Facility, will help fund construction of new infrastructure designed to be more resilient against future disasters and other climate threats. ADB’s financing is $13.22 million (half loan, half grant), while the Solomon Islands Government is contributing $2.36 million equivalent.

Asian Development Bank:

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CERF Quarterly Update - April – June 2014

By the close of the second quarter of 2014, donors had contributed $296.1 million to CERF for 2014, bringing total contributions to over 68 per cent of total pledges for the year.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Swamped by Rising Seas, Small Islands Seek a Lifeline

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 11 2014 (IPS) - The world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), some in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth because of sea-level rise triggered by climate change, will be the focus of an international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month.

Scheduled to take place Sep. 1-2, the conference will provide world leaders with “a first-hand opportunity to experience climate change and poverty challenges of small islands.”

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National disaster management office applauds resilient families, as 96 more people choose to repatriate

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) applauds those who have taken the initiative to help themselves recover from April’s flooding disaster.

On Thursday 7 August, 96 more people from 17 families approached the NDMO and asked to be repatriated to their chosen place.

The NDMO applauds those many flood-affected people who are choosing to use the help they are given and going forth to rebuild their lives.

Together they are proving just how resilient Solomon Islanders as a people are, despite the high risk of natural disasters our country faces.

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The Pacific - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 30 Jun 2014)

OVERVIEW

The Pacific Region had five major emergencies in the 2013-2014 cyclone season. There were two severe cyclone events, one in Palau and the other in Tonga. A third cyclone is Vanuatu, caused a high loss of life across affected communities despite its reduced intensity. There was flash flooding in the Solomon Islands from a tropical depression and king tides in the Marshall Islands. This snapshot provides brief overview key statistics of the season

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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PACC Technical Report No. 4 - Vulnerability and adaptation (V&A) assessment for Ontong Java Atoll, Solomon Islands

The PACC Technical Report series is a collection of the technical knowledge generated by the various PACC activities at both national and regional level. The reports are aimed at climate change adaptation practitioners in the Pacific region and beyond, with the intention of sharing experiences and lessons learned from the diverse components of the PACC programme. The technical knowledge is also feeding into and informing policy processes within the region.

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Housing plan proposed for Temotu tsunami-affected

A shelter strategy has been developed to address the housing needs of those affected by last year’s earthquake and tsunami disaster.

“The strategy looks at rebuilding and repairing eligible houses that were completely or partially destroyed during last year’s disaster,” said Ministry of Infrastructure and Development Director of Architecture and Building Division Patterson Fakavai.

“It also aims to reduce future risk from earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, flooding and climate change by helping make sure houses are designed to be more disaster-resilient.”

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Flood victims reluctant to leave Solomons capital

A flood victim spokesperson says evacuees relocated by the Solomon Islands government are reluctant to leave the capital city.

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Health ministry responds with free measles vaccination

by George Herming

Given the suspected measles outbreak, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and World Health Organization (WHO) remind parents to have their children immunized with the free vaccination available in Solomon Islands.

“Measles is a highly contagious and deadly disease, but can be easily prevented with a vaccine”, said Dr. Lester Ross, Permanent Secretary of MHMS.

“The measles vaccine is safe, effective and free. It is at available at local health clinics in Solomon Islands”, added Dr. Ross.