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04 Nov 2014 description

Tuvalu's Director of Agriculture says the country is very grateful to the European Union for providing funding to improve climate resistant crop production.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

04 Nov 2014 description

In this Issue

Featured Stories

  • Helping Save Samoa's Forests: UNDP Administrator and GEF Chief Executive meet a community on the frontline
  • Supporting Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • Photo essays and stories from: Comoros, Fiji, Haiti, Maldives, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Featured Resources

31 Oct 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SHC/4114
Sixty-ninth session,
35th & 36th Meetings (AM & PM)
General Assembly
Meetings Coverage

Concluding General Debate on Human Rights, Delegates Raise Concerns about ‘Politicized’ Resolutions Targeting Specific Countries

30 Oct 2014 description

Climate change poses a significant threat to food security in the Pacific region, particularly to small island states, which must rely on their agricultural sectors to maintain adequate food production. In Tuvalu, for example, saltwater inundation has compromised many pulaka (swamp taro) pits and a drought in 2011 affected crop yields severely.

21 Oct 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan

30 Sep 2014 description

Secretariat of the Pacifi c Community's (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division through the Disaster Reduction Programme is committed to working with offi cials and communities around the Pacifi c to strengthen the ability of countries to protect people as much as possible from the impact of natural and manmade disasters.

IN THIS ISSUE

  • SPC supports countries in the lead up to the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reducti on

  • First FSM and Fiji National Platforms for Disaster Risk Management

28 Sep 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11564

Sixty-ninth General Assembly
Plenary
14th & 15th Meetings (AM & PM)

Amid growing global tensions and turmoil, fostering neighbourly relations was vital to national development and prosperity and in keeping with the “surge of democracy” spreading throughout the world, the General Assembly heard today as debate continued into the weekend.

22 Sep 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacifc Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan

As of 3 September 2014 a total of 134 cases of dengue reported in Japan. Local transmision of dengue:

04 Sep 2014 description

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. The three-year Letter of Agreement was signed at the SPREP headquarters in Apia by Jagan Chapagain, Director of the IFRC’s regional office for Asia Pacific and David Sheppard, Director …

29 Aug 2014 description

Director’s Note and About Us

Pacific region on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Pacific Media and Climate Change Toolkit available now!New regional initiative to address climate related issues

Global campaign launched to improve weather and climate services for SIDS

Adapting to climate change in the Pacific: Knowledge is power

Tuvalu community to receive second communal PACC water tank

From the Farm to the Table: PACC serving Palau

PACC helps Tokelau better prepare for droughts

26 Aug 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Malaysia

In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 16 August:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 62,860

  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 126

    Philippines

    The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 2 August (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 41,973

19 Aug 2014 description

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.

19 Aug 2014 description

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:

14 Aug 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 23 July:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 53,246
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 147

The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 19 July (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 35,264
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 134
08 Aug 2014 description

A family from Tuvalu have been granted New Zealand residency after claiming they would be affected by climate change if they returned home.

It is the first successful application for residency on humanitarian grounds when climate change has been a factor.

Environmental law expert Vernon Rive, of Auckland University of Technology, says climate change was one of several factors the Immigration and Protection Tribunal took into account.

07 Aug 2014 description

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.

06 Aug 2014 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Director's Note and About Us 2

Final PACC annual review meeting 3

Global campaign launched to improve weather and climate services for SIDS 3

PIGGAREP Coordinators receive awards for communicating success stories 3

Tuvalu Meteorological Service staff attend On-Site Training 4

Climate Variability, Extremes and Change in the Western Tropical Pacific 4

Talking about the weather in Niue 4

SPC EU GCCA: PSIS Annual conference 5

05 Aug 2014 description

THE CHALLENGES OF WATER SUPPLY

A THIRSTY ATOLL NATION

Water supply in the small atoll nation of Tuvalu is strained. During normal times, this island state limits per capita water consumption by more than half: average water consumption outside of Tuvalu is 100 liters of water per day; in Tuvalu each person is limited to 40 liters per day. In times of drought, consumption is further restricted to 20 liters of water per person per day.

MANAGING WATER RESOURCES

A NATIONAL PRIORITY

04 Aug 2014 description

Last year Tuvalu opened a new 700,000 litre communal water tank in the community of Lofeagai, this year a second communal water tank that can hold 280,000 litres will be opened in the community of Tekavatoetoe.

These hold significant water capacity for the two communities in Tuvalu. The increased capacity was made available with support from the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project in Tuvalu.