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Vanuatu + 10 others
The Pacific - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 19 2014)

Normal to below normal rainfall is evident in many Pacific Island countries with the signs of El Niño development, while measles and chikungunya outbreaks are reported in the region.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Climate Update for Tonga: August 2014 Climate Summary, Rainfall Outlook and Drought Update for October - December 2014

August Climate in Brief

 CONSERVE WATER!
 Water conservation measures is recommended to be taken as much as possible across the country.
 The rainfall for August was very low in Tongatapu and below normal in Vavaú, Haápai and Niuafoou
 The rainfall outlook for the October to December 2014 period is for normal to below normal across the country .
 El Niño development remains possible during the coming months.

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Current Conditions

Drought Update

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More help needed for Tonga's dry Ha'apai

Emergency officials in Tonga may use a Defence Service patrol boat to get assistance to the drought-stricken Ha'apai islands.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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World + 2 others
Why gender disaster data matters: ‘In some villages, all the dead were women’

Report
Guardian

Data on the 2004 tsunami found that women were more affected than men. It’s time to recognise gender in disaster response

Philippa Ross in Suva

Disasters triggered by climate change are not blind to gender and age. They affect men and women, the old and the young, very differently. Sex and age are some of the most powerful indicators of how individuals will experience a disaster: who survives and who dies. Despite this, we have worryingly little data on the issue.

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World + 11 others
IFRC and SPREP sign partnership to improve climate information and reduce disaster risk for Pacific Islanders

4 September, 2014 Apia, Samoa - Today the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) signed a historic partnership agreement that aims to improve the way in which weather and climate information is delivered, understood and acted on, by communities living with the everyday impacts of climate change.

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World + 3 others
SIDS challenged to invest in climate services

By PACNEWS Editor Makereta Komai in Samoa

Leaders of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been challenged to priorities investment in their meteorology and climate services because the end profit saves lives and properties.

That’s the advice of Cuba’s Weather Forecasting Services director, Dr Jose Rubeira, whose 20 years experience and strategies have saved thousands of lives and millions of dollars in economic losses.

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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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World + 21 others
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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World + 21 others
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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World + 14 others
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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Solomon Islands + 4 others
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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Tonga + 12 others
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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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

Report
World Bank

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