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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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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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When, what, and how to survey after a disaster strikes – an experience from Tonga

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World Bank

SUBMITTED BY LIANA RAZAFINDRAZAY ON WED, 07/09/2014

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Cyclone Ian survivors getting on with life

Five months on from Tropical Cyclone Ian the recovery continues with the help of materials from New Zealand Red Cross. The cyclone killed one person and injured 14, and displaced about 2000 people in the Ha’apai island group, including 68-year-old grandmother Hulita Poutele.

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Tonga + 1 other
Australian Government continues to strengthen Tonga Red Cross Society disaster preparedness activities

02 July 2014 The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in the Australian High Commission, Tonga granted Tonga Red Cross Society (TRCS)’s project proposal for new relief stores for island of Niua Fo’ou and a new relief store in Fua’amotu Domestic Airport. The proposal also covered replenishments of relief stocks to the TRCS relief stores after the disaster response for Tropical Cyclone Ian (TC Ian) and also rebuilding TRCS relief store in Ha’ano that was destroyed by TC Ian early January 2014.

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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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Argentina + 5 others
30 June 2014: World events

ARGENTINA

– Floods • Heavy rains are still affecting parts of NE Argentina.

According to media, 14 000 people remained still evacuated in the provinces of Formosa, Misiones, Corrientes and Chaco.

• On 1 July, more rain may still affect Misiones.

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World + 7 others
Ten-Year Review on Progress Towards and Contributions Made by the Pacific Region to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) from 2005-2015

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.

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A national effort to reconstruct Ha’apai after Tropical Cyclone Ian

Report
World Bank

SUBMITTED BY LIANA RAZAFINDRAZAY ON TUE, 06/24/2014

In the morning of January 11, 2014, after an early warning from the Department of Meteorology and the National Disaster Management Office on the upcoming category 5 tropical cyclone Ian, power and radio transmission went off on the Island of Ha’apai, one of the most populated among the 150 islands of the Tongan archipelago in the South Pacific.

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The Kingdom of Tonga Commits USD1.5 Million to Join the Regional Fight on Invasive Species

Serious about battling invasive species, the Kingdom of Tonga has confirmed their financial commitment of 1.5 million US dollars in the regional fight against invasive species. This follows a similar commitment made by the Palau President HE Tommy Remengesau Jr earlier this month to combat invasive species in his country.

This is all positive news for the Pacific region and the management of invasive species.

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World + 5 others
Learning about climate change the Pacific way

Children across the Pacific are set to receive a visual learning aid that will help them understand climate change processes and encourage them to get active in adaptation and mitigation. A new picture-based education resource called ‘Learning about Climate Change the Pacific Way’ has been produced for students, teachers and facilitators. It includes posters and country-specific teacher guides that illustrate and explain key concepts such as climate, the causes and effects of climate change, and adaptation and mitigation options for Pacific Islands.

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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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Tonga + 1 other
New Zealand commits $5 million to rebuild schools in Cyclone-torn Ha’apai

06 June 2014 In visiting the Government Primary School of Nuku’alofa this afternoon, the New Zealand Prime Minister made the announcement that New Zealand will contribute $5 million to rebuild schools in the Ha’apai Groups, following the devastating Tropical Cyclone Ian in January.

“The funding will be used to reconstruct classrooms and staff quarters, and replaces school equipment across the island group by 2016.

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World + 4 others
Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

Report
World Bank

Since its inception in 2011, the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Program (ACP-EU NDRR) has come a long way in addressing its objectives of prevention, mitigation and preparedness to natural hazards in ACP countries. Only in the last six months, the Program launched four projects worth around $4.5 million, and supported four post-disaster response activities in Burundi, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Tonga, adding to the growing Program portfolio totaling 50 projects across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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ADB and Partners Help Rebuild Ha’apai After Cyclone Ian

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Asian Development Bank and New Zealand are helping the Government of Tonga reconstruct and climate and disaster-proof the electricity network and school facilities that were damaged by Cyclone Ian in January 2014.

ADB has approved a $4.52 million grant from ADB’s Disaster Response Facility, the New Zealand Government is providing a grant of $4.27 million, and the Government of Tonga and Tonga Power Limited are contributing $1.67 million and $0.24 million equivalent.

Asian Development Bank:

© Asian Development Bank

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UNDP and Digicel partner on Cash For Work in Ha’apai

30th May 2014 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Digicel Tonga signed an agreement yesterday to partner in the Cash For Work Project in Ha’apai, Tonga following Tropical Cyclone Ian in January 2014.

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Vegetable nurseries help with Tonga cyclone recovery

Back in January, Tropical Cyclone Ian caused widespread destruction to Tonga's central and northern islands. Worst hit was the Ha'apai island group, where hundreds of families lost their homes, and food crops were devastated.

Now, affected communities in Ha'apai, as well as in parts of Vava'u are receiving help to recover and rebuild their crops. Vegetable nurseries have been built in seventeen communities, with help from the MORDI Tonga Trust and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

© ABC

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World Bank Supports Disaster Reconstruction and Recovery in Tonga

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World Bank

New Project to Rebuild Cyclone-Affected Homes in Ha’apai