24 August 2015 National counterparts from various Government Ministries and Non-Government Organization are receiving much needed training at the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) in Nuku'alofa on Tsunami Warning and Response.
Los recursos del agua y la gama de servicios que proporcionan son la base de la reducción de la pobreza, del crecimiento económico y de la sostenibilidad del medio ambiente. El acceso al agua y al saneamiento es de vital importancia en todos los aspectos de la dignidad humana: desde los alimentos y la seguridad energética a la salud humana y medioambiental, el agua contribuye a mejoras en materia de bienestar social y de crecimiento inclusivo.
UN MUNDO SEDIENTO, UNA RESPONSABILIDAD GLOBAL
Les ressources hydriques et les nombreux services qu’elles permettent de fournir aident à lutter contre la pauvreté, et à favoriser la croissance économique et la viabilité environnementale. La dignité humaine est indissociable de l’accès à l’eau et aux installations sanitaires : qu’il s’agisse de l’alimentation, de la sécurité énergétique, ou de la santé humaine et environnementale, l’eau contribue à améliorer le bien-être social et la croissance inclusive.
UN MONDE ASSOIFFE, UNE RESPONSABILITE MONDIALE
“It‘s time for the world, and its leaders, to understand how important water is for the future of our people, our economies and for our planet.” Dr. Joakim Harlin, Senior Water Advisor, UNDP Coordinator, UN-Water SDG Working Group Water is at the core of sustainable development.
7 August 2015 (Tonga) - Tonga is working to enhance the protection of vulnerable community members in Ha’apai with new Community Protection Committees.
Plans to establish the committees were prioritised by the Ministry of Internal Affairs following an assessment of Ha’apai after Tropical Cyclone Ian, which found more vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities, the elderly, women and children often the worst affected by disasters.
The following syndromes have been flagged:
- Influenza-like illness: Nauru, New Zealand
- Cook Islands have reported a total of 763 cases since October 2014, including 5 new cases in the week ending on 2 August 2015.
Outbreaks are occurring in American Samoa (dengue serotype-3) and Samoa (dengue serotype-3).
06 August 2015 :Government and stakeholders from the private sector and non-government organizations are discussing the re-designing of the Tonga Climate Change Policy here in Nuku’alofa.
The two-day meeting, which was opened by Mr Paula Ma’u, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications at the National Emergency Management Office at Va’oloaloa this morning.
This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor updates the 2015 and 2016 GDP growth and inflation projections for ADB's Pacific developing member countries. The policy briefs included in this issue focus on disasters in the Pacific.
Highlights from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:
[Wednesday 29 July] 2015 (Pacific Islands) – Tanoliu community in the North West Area Council of Shefa Province is attracting Pacific-wide interest in its new Knowledge Hub demonstration crop for farmers to share skills and ideas.
This report was commissioned to examine Tonga’s legal and policy frameworks relating to disaster response, in particular the effectiveness of these frameworks in facilitating the smooth entry of international humanitarian assistance into Tonga during a disaster.
24 July 2015: The First Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology held here in Nuku’alofa today has adopted 25 points they believe will ensure that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) have the necessary capacity to support sustainable development in the region.
Climatologists now agree that the world is facing an unfolding El Niño event. The European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting says that more than half of all climate models are now predicting an El Niño stronger than 1997/8.
Rainfall & El Niño
Less rain in south western Pacic, plunging some countries into drought. More rain in equatorial countries from June -August 2015. If the El Niño is very severe, rainfall may drop steeply from September onwards
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The Human Footprint
Human influence on the earth’s land surface is a global driver of ecological processes on the planet, en par with climatic trends, geological forces and astronomical variations. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University joined together to systematically map and measure the human influence on the earth’s land surface today.
This map shows the average amount of precipitation falling in a year, based on approximately 50 years of data. The figures shown do not therefore represent the amount of precipitation that may occur in any given year.
Using an innovative approach with GIS and remote sensing, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory LandScanTM is the community standard for global population distribution. At approximately 1 km resolution LandScan is the finest resolution global population distribution data available and represents an ambient population (average over 24 hours).
Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification
The highly referenced climate classification map of Wladimir Köppen was published for the first time in 1900 and updated in its latest version by Rudolf Geiger in 1961.
Climate classification is applied to a broad range of topics in climate and climate change research as well as in physical geography, hydrology, agriculture, biology and educational aspects.
19.3 million displaced by disasters but "mother nature not to blame"
In the last seven years, an estimated one person every second has been displaced by a disaster, with 19.3 million people forced to flee their homes in 2014 alone. Disaster displacement is on the rise, and as policy leaders worldwide advance towards the adoption of a post-2015 global agenda, the time has never been better to address it.
The successful completion of two regional workshops strengthening Pacific meteorology on the cusp of the Third Pacific Meteorological Council helped lay the foundation for a productive week ahead.
UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper
Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance