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30 Jan 2015 description

The Director-General of the Ministry of Climate Change and Natural Disasters, Mr Jotham Napat, said, ‘This policy is an opportunity for Vanuatu to identify its vision, principles, priorities and strategies to drive and integrate climate change and disaster risk reduction activities across all levels into the future. Since climate change and disaster risks potentially impact on all of us across the country, it is important that the Ministry consults with as broad a range of stakeholders as possible in developing the policy.

27 Jan 2015 description

A British scientist is in a tiny village on Emau Island in Vanuatu to scope a new project to build a sea wall.

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05 Jan 2015 description
report GFDRR

Since its launch in 2007, GFDRR has supported initiatives engaging civil society and community leaders on disaster risk management. Through its Civil Society Partnership Strategy, GFDRR works with civil society in projects and advocacy, while also leveraging community-driven development investments with its partners.

Why Civil Society and Community— Driven Resilience Matter

31 Dec 2014 description

Tectonic Plates and Fault Lines

The region is home to extremes in elevation and the world's most active seismic and volcanic activity. Southwest of India, the Maldives has a maximum height of just 230cm, while far to the north, the Tibetan Plateau averages over 4,500m across its 2.5 million square kilometres and is home to all 14 of the world's peaks above 8,000 metres. The Himalaya were born 70 million years ago when the Arabian Plate collided with the Eurasian plate.

31 Dec 2014 description

Volcanic Explosivity in Asia-Pacific

This map shows the density of volcanic eruptions based on the explosivity index for each eruption and the time period of the eruption. Eruption information is spread to 100km beyond point source to indicate areas that could be affected by volcanic emissions or ground shaking.

31 Dec 2014 description

Flood Risk

Risk assessment for an area exposed to multiple hazards requires solutions to compare the risks. This map was generated by adding the value of mortality to the cumulated risk of cyclones, earthquakes, floods and landslides. Categories of risk based on expected annual losses.

This product was designed by UNEP/GRID Europe for the Global Assessment Report on Risk Reduction (GAR). It was modeled using global data.

Credit: GIS processing UNEP/GRID-Europe. http://preview.grid.unep.ch

31 Dec 2014 description

Earthquake Intensity Risk Zones

This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.

31 Dec 2014 description

Physical Exposure to Drought

Drought is a phenomenon that affects more people globally than any other natural hazard. Unlike aridity, which refers to a semi-permanent condition of low precipitation (desert regions), drought results from the accumulated effect of deficient precipitation over a prolonged period of time.

The units used in this product refer to the expected average annual population (2010 as the year of reference) exposed (inhabitants). The dataset includes an estimate of the annual physical exposure to drought. It is based on three sources:

31 Dec 2014 description

Tropical Storm Risk Zones

This map was derived from the Munich Reinsurance Company's World Map of Natural Hazards and shows tropical storm intensity based on the five wind speeds of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

31 Dec 2014 description

Sixteen years of wildfires in Asia-Pacific

Wild land fires and other biomass fires annually burn a total land area of between 3.5 and 4.5 million km2, equivalent to the surface area of India and Pakistan together, or more than half of Australia. This makes it one of the most spatially prevalent hazards after drought.

26 Nov 2014 description

People on the island of Ambae in Vanuatu are looking forward to harvesting their first farmed fish after traditional supplies have been all but decimated by climate change.

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24 Nov 2014 description

With a least four major tropical cyclones expected to hit Pacific Island nations this summer, Red Cross is standing ready to help people prepare, respond and recover.

"The risk of tropical cyclones in the region is higher than normal in El Nino years," says Steve Ray, International Emergencies Manager at Australian Red Cross. "We will likely see seven or eight named tropical cyclones in our region, of which at least four are expected to be severe."

24 Nov 2014 description
report UN Women

Because the risk of violence against women and girls increases in the aftermath of a disaster, UN Women is supporting training for first responders and disaster-risk-reduction planners in Fiji to prevent, recognize and address violence in emergencies across the Pacific.

Date : 20 November 2014

21 Nov 2014 description

The global breeding programme for taro (Colocasia esculenta) and cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) is gathering pace. The International Network for Edible Aroids (INEA) is part of the five-year project Adapting clonally propagated crops to climatic and commercial changes funded by the European Union (EU).

05 Nov 2014 description

The Vanuatu government is undertaking a major child immunisation programme, with the aid of UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and AusAID.

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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

03 Nov 2014 description
report World Bank

Governments of Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, and the Marshall Islands request extension of Successful Regional Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot

31 Oct 2014 description
South East Asia and the Pacific version 1
Technical Annex - version 2

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 18 000 000

1. CONTEXT

This HIP covers the response to natural and man-made disasters as well as disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and resilience activities in South East Asia and the Pacific.

28 Oct 2014 description

(Suva, 28 October 2014): Humanitarians from across the Pacific have gathered in Suva today to strengthen disaster response and coordination in the region.

More than 120 participants are attending the 7th Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) Regional Meeting from 28-30 October 2014. The annual meeting is organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and brings together over 100 humanitarian partners in the region.

20 Oct 2014 description

Disaster authorities in Vanuatu say one thousand people have been affected by recent floods around the capital Port Vila.

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