As many as 4.7 million people in 13 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease.
Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji.
The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.
As many as 4.7 million people in 11 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease. Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji. The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.
By Pita Ligaiula in Niue
The United States today announced a US$5 million climate change project for the Pacific in the next five years.
The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Fiji, Judith Beth Cefkin at the Pacific Community (SPC) Conference underway in Alofi.
“The US is very committed to work with fellow members of the Pacific Community to increase resilience of the peoples of the Pacific particularly adapting to and mitigating global climate change and promoting sustainable inclusive economic development
The gFSC global dashboard provides a quick snapshot of the country-level Food Security Clusters around the world. The updated dasboard shows that as of October 2015, the country-level Food Security Clusters remain only at 52 percent funded against their yearly requirements
Suva, Fiji – National Disaster Management officers from 15 Pacific Island countries gather in Fiji today to review their successes and challenges in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters in the region, suchas tropical cyclone Pam.
The European Union-supported Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific (BSRP) project is bringing the disaster managers together for the project’s annual Regional Steering Committee implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to review the challenges, progress and best way forward into 2016.
Issued on the 16th October 2015
A strong El Niño is currently in place with wide and varying impacts across the Pacific Islands region(see map, appended). El Niño will continue to have a significant influence on the climate and ocean in most parts of the Pacific Islands region for the remainder of 2015 and much of 2016.
El Niño Status and Outlook:
Last weekend’s high-level dialogue on climate-induced migration was held in Ambo, Kiribati. It provided a successful forum for discussing threats to Pacific atoll nations that lie at the forefront of climate change, particularly sea level rise.
A key outcome was that relocation from atoll nations is a response of last resort, rejecting the “climate refugee” connotation.
Lima - Finance Ministers of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20), representing close to 700 million people threatened by climate change and spanning world regions, held their inaugural meeting on 8 October 2015 in Lima, Peru. They announced a series of actions to foster greater investment in climate resiliency and low emissions development at home and internationally.
The following syndromes have been flagged:
Diarrhoea: Cook Islands, Guam
Influenza-Like illness: Guam, Nauru, Tonga
Tuvalu: Seven samples sent to the Institut Lois Malarde, French Polynesia have tested RT-PCR positive for Chikungunya.
As of 27 September 2015; there have been 1317 cases since February 2015 in Marshall Islands. There were 3 cases for the month of September. The number of cases is decreasing.
March-April 2015: Tropical Cyclone Pam developed in the East of Solomon Islands on 6 March and gained strength as it moved south towards Vanuatu. Heavy rain, strong winds and sea swell, combined with king tides, caused widespread coastal flooding and wind damage. Pam hit Vanuatu as a Category 5 cyclone on 13 March.
At least four million people in the Pacific face hunger, water shortages and risk of disease this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.
The monthly climate update for the Pacific says Fiji and Tonga are expected to receive below normal rainfall over the next three months.
Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International
Niue has given aid to Tuvalu to help its recovery from Cyclone Pam.
Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International
World Bank Board approves US$3 million grant for long-term recovery efforts
WASHINGTON D.C., September 15, 2015—Six months after Cyclone Pam hit the Pacific, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved an additional US$3 million grant to support Tuvalu’s medium-term recovery efforts.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Director’s Note and About Us 2
Dry conditions ahead for several Pacific islands 3
The Protection Of People 3
SPREP Meeting 2015 3
Voices of the Athletes Program empowers young people to protect our environment 4
International Youth Day Message 4
Palmerston Island Solar Project in the Cook Islands 4
Strategic Program for Climate Resilience: Pacific Regional Track in FSM and Tuvalu 5
IRENA convenes climate change mitigation financing meeting for SIDS 5
The special needs of outer island communities must be considered in the planning and design of climate change adaptation projects.
That was a clear message stressed by participants at the Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Islands States (GCCA: PSIS) project’s ‘lessons learnt’ meeting that recently concluded in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
Each year natural and climate change induced disasters displace tens of millions of people across the globe, mostly within their own country but there have been circumstances when people displaced by disasters have had to seek shelter by crossing international borders. Human mobility and cross-border displacement is recognised as a keyhumanitarian issue in this day in age.