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28 Nov 2014 description

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has ratified an international treaty which enables the country to access a global gene pool of more than 1.6 million plants that belong to the most important food crops.

The Pacific Island nation has become the 132nd Contracting Party to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture through support from the treaty Secretariat, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

24 Nov 2014 description

With a least four major tropical cyclones expected to hit Pacific Island nations this summer, Red Cross is standing ready to help people prepare, respond and recover.

"The risk of tropical cyclones in the region is higher than normal in El Nino years," says Steve Ray, International Emergencies Manager at Australian Red Cross. "We will likely see seven or eight named tropical cyclones in our region, of which at least four are expected to be severe."

23 Nov 2014 description
report Government of Tonga

06 November 2014 The Asian Development Bank granted a total of USD$4.52 million from its Disaster Response Facility. The sum is to assist the Government of Tonga with the reconstruction, and climate and disaster proofing of the electricity network and school facilities that were damaged by Cyclone Ian in January 2014. Of this contribution, USD$2.7 million has been allocated to the restoration of the electricity network.

17 Nov 2014 description
report Government of Tonga

An El Niño watch remains in force for Tonga.

Summary

Based on the global climate models and assessments of the Tonga’s current climate regime the chances of an El Niño developing in the coming months remains at 50%. The effects of El Nino on Tonga usually include cooler night time temperatures, lower rainfall during the rainy season, and more tropical cyclones.

What is El Nino?

11 Nov 2014 description

There are fresh calls for New Zealand to stop deporting Tongan overstayers back to the islands of Ha'apai devastated by Cyclone Ian in January.

Read more on the Radio New Zealand International website

10 Nov 2014 description

‘I keep telling my husband we need to hire a security guard,’ jokes Mele Finau as she nods in the direction of her vegetable garden. Sure enough two of her six children have abandoned their mother’s side and have turned their attention to the latest addition to their growing crop - a bunch of green tomatoes.

03 Nov 2014 description
report World Bank

Governments of Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, and the Marshall Islands request extension of Successful Regional Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot

31 Oct 2014 description

In January 2014, Tropical Cyclone Ian, a Category 5 system - the most powerful storm ever recorded in Tongan waters - passed directly over the northeast islands of Ha’apai. The Prime Minister declared a state of emergency. The cyclone caused significant damage to homes, infrastructure and vegetation in 18 villages across six islands in Ha’apai: ‘Uiha, Uoleva, Lifuka, Foa, Ha’ano and Mo’unga’one. Over 5,000 people were directly affected and more than 3,500 people were left homeless.

28 Oct 2014 description

(Suva, 28 October 2014): Humanitarians from across the Pacific have gathered in Suva today to strengthen disaster response and coordination in the region.

More than 120 participants are attending the 7th Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) Regional Meeting from 28-30 October 2014. The annual meeting is organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and brings together over 100 humanitarian partners in the region.

27 Oct 2014 description
report Government of Tonga

An El Niño watch remains in force for Tonga.

Summary

Based on the global climate models and assessments of the Tonga’s current climate regime the chances of an El Niño developing in the coming months remains at 50%. The effects of El Nino on Tonga usually include cooler night time temperatures, lower rainfall during the rainy season, and more tropical cyclones.

What is El Nino?

21 Oct 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan

14 Oct 2014 description

Central African Republic: 5,600 people have fled Bangui after a new wave of violence killed at least eight and injured 56. WASH and health are priority needs among the IDPs. A UN peacekeeper was ambushed and killed on the outskirts of the capital. In Kemo, IDPs have been slow to return as tensions have increased: ex-Seleka attacked Dekoa market on 11 October.

10 Oct 2014 description
report Caritas

About this report

This report draws from interviews carried out with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand partners and networks between March and August 2014. We approached groups with these key questions:

What are the environmental issues you are experiencing in your work and community?

What responses are people making?

What solutions do you think should be made?

What else do you want to tell us about environmental impacts affecting people in your community?

06 Oct 2014 description
report World Bank

Results & Achievements

  • With the World Bank's support, Tonga developed a Housing Recovery and Reconstruction policy clearly outlining the government's strategy for housing reconstruction and self-recovery after Tropical Cyclone Ian.

  • A damage assessment helped to leverage $12 million in World Bank grants and low-interest credits, and a $2 million grant from the ACP-EU NDRR Program.

  • Cyclone-proof housing design was completed and reconstruction contracts awarded within six months after the disaster.

03 Oct 2014 description
report Government of Tonga

02nd October 2014 On September 25th 2014, the Government of Japan handed over the Project for Upgrading of Feletoa Village’s Water Supply System. H.E. Dr. Kazuchika Hamuro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga handed over the upgraded water supply system on behalf of the people and Government of Japan during a commissioning ceremony held at 1:00pm, at Feletoa village in Vava’u.

03 Oct 2014 description
report Government of Tonga

02nd October 2014 On September 25th 2014, the Government of Japan handed over the Project for Upgrading of Holonga Village’s Water Supply System. H.E. Dr. Kazuchika Hamuro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga handed over the upgraded water supply system on behalf of the people and Government of Japan during a commissioning ceremony held at 9:30am, at Holonga village in Vava’u.