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Construction begins on coastal protection measures in Tonga

A ground-breaking ceremony was held in the community of Talafo’ou in eastern Tongatapu on 15 August to celebrate the beginning of a project that will contribute to protecting vulnerable coastal communities (Talafo’ou, Manuka, Makaunga, Kolonga, Navutoka and Nukuleka) from the impacts of climate change, especially sea-level rise. Interventions in these coastal communities have been prioritised under Tonga’s Joint National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management, 2010–2015.

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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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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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Tonga + 1 other
Information Department receives new equipment from Chinese Embassy

12 August 2014 The Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Samiu Kuita Vaipulu, this morning received new equipment for Information Department of the Ministry of Environment, Energy, Climate Change, Disaster Management, Meteorology, Information and Communications (MEECCDMMIC) as gift from the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Tonga, HE Huang Huaguang.

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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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El Nino Advisory No.1 for Tonga

Summary

Based on the global climate models and assessments of the Tonga’s current climate regime there is at least a 50% chance of a El Niño developing by September or October 2014. 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?

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PACC Technical Report No. 7 – Design for improved water supply and water management in Hihifo district, Tonga

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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PACC Technical Report No. 6 – Socio-economic assessment of Hihifo district, the pilot site for the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project in Tonga

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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Government signs Agreement with LDS Church to further cyclone development assistance

28th July 2014 A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga on July 17, to formalize agreements on the further provision of humanitarian and development assistance by the Church to residents of Ha’apai Islands that were affected by Tropical Cyclone Ian more than six months ago.

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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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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

Report
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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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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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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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.