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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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World + 4 others
Pacific French-speaking women work to strengthen capacity to adapt to climate change

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) collaborated with the Union of Pacific French Speaking Women (UFFO) to organise UFFO’s annual regional workshop from 14 to 17 July 2014 at the University of California, Berkeley’s Gump Research Station in Mo’orea, French Polynesia. Over 40 non-governmental organisations from New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna are members of UFFO.

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Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction - Handbook for local facilitator

This training guide is purposely designed for the facilitators of the community based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) training. The aim of this guide is to set up community disaster committees (CDC) in vulnerable communities and train them in order to make the communities less vulnerable and better prepared to disasters (Note : File size is 3.15MB)

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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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World + 8 others
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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From turtle eggs to hornets, traditional knowledge feeds into resilience plans

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AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:00 GMT
Author: Catherine Wilson

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From investigating where turtle eggs are buried to how many mangoes are growing in a season, scientists on this southwest Pacific Island are evaluating the accuracy of traditional means of forecasting weather, with the aim of incorporating the most effective ideas into planning to help island communities better prepare for the impacts of climate change and more severe natural disasters.

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For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit www.trust.org/alertnet

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World + 7 others
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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World + 5 others
Learning about climate change the Pacific way

Children across the Pacific are set to receive a visual learning aid that will help them understand climate change processes and encourage them to get active in adaptation and mitigation. A new picture-based education resource called ‘Learning about Climate Change the Pacific Way’ has been produced for students, teachers and facilitators. It includes posters and country-specific teacher guides that illustrate and explain key concepts such as climate, the causes and effects of climate change, and adaptation and mitigation options for Pacific Islands.

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Prévention et éducation pour minimiser les dangers liés aux catastrophes naturelles : messages clés pour le Vanuatu

Messages clés pour toutes les catastrophes

Résumé des précautions à prendre en famille face aux catastrophes naturelles

  • Tenez vous au courant, restez informé.

  • Elaborez un plan d’urgence et de prévention des risques à la maison, tout le monde est concerné.

  • Réduisez les dangers environnementaux, structurels et non structurels dans et autour de la maison.

  • Apprenez les gestes d’urgence et faites des exercices de pratique de votre plan.

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Public awareness and education for disaster risk reduction : key messages for Vanuatu

All Hazards Key Messages

All-hazards household and family disaster prevention in a nutshell

 Find out what could happen. Stay informed.

 Make a household disaster and emergency plan, considering everyone in your household.

 Reduce structural, non-structural and environmental risks in and around your home.

 Learn response skills and practice your response plan.

 Prepared response provisions to survive for about a week. Prepare evacuation bags.

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World + 21 others
Declaration : Sixieme session de la Plateforme oceanienne pour la gestion des risques de catastrophe ; La voie a suivre, vers un developpement resilient aux risques climatiques et aux catastrophes dans le Pacifique, 2 - 4 juin, Suva (Fidji)

NOUS, représentants des États et Territoires insulaires océaniens1 , du Timor-Leste, des organisations de la société civile, des organisations régionales et des partenaires du développement présents à la sixième session de la Plateforme océanienne pour la gestion des risques de catastrophe, tenue à Suva (Fidji), du 2 au 4 juin 2014 ;

CONSCIENTS des défis à relever pour renforcer la résilience aux risques climatiques et aux catastrophes en Océanie, tout en inscrivant la région dans une logique de développement durable ;

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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World + 21 others
Meeting Statement: Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management; The Way Forward: Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific, 2-4 June 2014, Suva, Fiji

WE, the representatives of Pacific Island Countries and Territories , Timor Leste, civil society organisations, regional organisations and development partners attending the Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management in Suva, 2-4 June 2014;

MINDFUL, of the challenge of strengthening the climate and disaster resilience of the Pacific islands region in the context of sustainable development;

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Humanitarian Action Plan for Tropical Cyclone Lusi

  1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) is a tool for structuring a coordinated humanitarian response for the first three months of a new emergency. It contains an analysis of the context and of humanitarian and early recovery needs (citing whatever specific needs assessments are available, as well as any other evidence such as informal reports, remote sensing, background data, and inference), response plans (at the general strategic level as well as sector plans), and information on roles and responsibilities.)

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World + 22 others
Climate change gets more funding than food security in Pacific

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PACNEWS

By Online Editor
6:22 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2014, Ethiopia

Reports by PACNEWS Journalist, Pita Ligaiula in Addis Ababa

Climate Change in the Pacific receives more funding from donors than food security, according to a regional government official.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)’s Food Security Technical officer, Gibson Susumu said there is a need for climate change and food security to be given same priority in terms of funding.

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Fiji + 9 others
Interview: “Even small disasters can overwhelm small-island economies”

Ms. Osnat Lubrani is the United Nations Resident Coordinator of the UN multi-country office in Fiji. The office covers 10 Pacific Island countries: Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
MSG Secretariat, Foreign Affairs Staff Donate Funds and Food

Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon Clay Forau delivered food and funds donated by the MSG Secretariat staff at Port Vila and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff to the National Disaster Council (NDC).

The donation was delivered by Mr. Forau to the Chairman of the National Disaster Council (NDC), Mr Melchior Mataki at a brief ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade office at the Melanesia Haus complex.

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Food shortage for Vanuatu cyclone victims continues

The government of Vanuatu will have to shift around funds to meet urgent food requests from Cyclone Lusi Victims, because there is no existing budget for disaster relief.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Bangladesh + 9 others
From Pakistan to Samoa: Including the most vulnerable in disaster preparedness

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Malteser

Focus on people with disabitlities in disaster risk reduction programs in 10 Asian countries

Asia-Pacific is the world’s most vulnerable region for natural disasters and extreme weather events. Every year, hurricanes and floods in those regions bring death and destruction, affecting hundreds of thousands. Although disasters affect all population groups, it is the most vulnerable among them that suffer the greatest burden: persons with disabilities.