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Samoan PM calls on Canberra to do more to tackle climate change

Samoa's prime minister has issued an impassioned plea on behalf all Pacific nations for more help to cope with climate change and he has called on Australia, to lift its focus from the federal budget and lead the way.

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U.S. helps to combat chikungunya in Samoa

By Online Editor 10:24 pm GMT+12, 26/08/2014, Samoa

The United States of America Army Reserves are assisting Samoa’s health sector to combat the chikungunya epidemic sweeping the country.

This help comes as the Ministry of Health’s C.E.O, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri reports that 269 cases of the virus have been detected.

“(The) U.S. Army Reserve (U.S.A.R.) (is) assisting with clinical and port health response,” he said. “(They) are based at Faleolo Health Centre.”

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Samoa sprays airports to stop chikungunya

Samoa is spraying its airports ahead of the Small Island Developing States conference to fight the spread of chikungunya.

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Samoa moves to tackle chikungunya

A mass clean up campaign gets underway in Samoa today to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease.

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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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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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Coast to Coast: Ridge to Reef: Community-Based Coastal Protection in Samoa

FACING MOTHER NATURE

AN ISLAND NATION AT RISK

Tropical Cyclone Evan in 2012 was the most severe storm to hit the island nation of Samoa in more than 20 years. NASA satellites occasionally observe “storm-cells as tall as the one in the eyewall of Evan… over land, but before the TRMM [Tropical Rainfall Monitoring Mission] satellite, they were not thought to occur over ocean”. Tropical Cyclones are exacerbated by climate change; warmer, moister air “lowers the surface pressure and encourages intensification of the winds circling the eye”.

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Chickungunya outbreak in Samoa confirmed

Samoa's Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health Leausa Dr. Take Naseri confirmed that Samoa is now facing an outbreak of the Chickungunya virus and the public is cautioned to join the national campaign in reducing breeding sites for mosquitos, the carriers of the virus.

Last Saturday the Ministry received the results of the 20 suspected cases sent to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea for testing.

“Of the 20 specimens tested, 08 came back positive and 14 negative,” Leausa said in a press conference.

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Mystery virus affects nearly 100 in Samoa

Samoa's Ministry of Health says nearly 100 people have now been affected by a mystery virus.

Samoa's Ministry of Health says nearly 100 people have now been affected by a mystery virus.

Two people have also died from but authorities still aren't exactly sure what the virus is.

Samoan Ministry of Health's Dr Saaine Vaai told Pacific Beat patients are showing signs of two separate illnesses.

"Well initially we thought we were seeing acute fever and rash, which is one of the things we do look for," she said.

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Adapting to climate change in the Pacific: Knowledge is power

The wealth of knowledge gathered over the past five years under the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project is now being shared through a range of newly launched resources. .

The regional project is the first major adaptation initiative covering three components including mainstreaming climate change, a demonstration project and the development and communication of knowledge products. Fourteen Pacific island countries are participant to the project, which targets food production and security, water resource and management as well as coastal management.

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Emergency Shelter and Evacuation Centre Training for Samoa

Last week, eighteen representatives of Samoa’s Welfare and Internally-Displaced People Sub-Committee of the Disaster Advisory Committee attended a training course in Emergency Shelter Custer and Evacuation Centre Management facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) with the Disaster Management Office and Samoa Red Cross Society.

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Broadcast Climate and Disaster Resilience Plans in Samoa

Samoa Quality Broadcasting and the Samoa Ministry of Communications Information Technology are undergoing training this month to help develop a National Broadcasters' Climate and Disaster Resilience Plan. This is part of an initiative funded by the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS) and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the National Disaster Management Office of Samoa.

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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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Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, June 2014 - Issue 11

Highlights

  • Regional general inflation was 6.1 percent in May and food price inflation 5 percent, ending five consecutive months in which the pace of inflation slowed.

  • Regional rice price index increased by 5.3 percent in nominal terms as prices continued to rise in South Asia (including India), East Asia and South East Asia.

  • Wheat price indices in South Asia fell by 6.8 percent driven by an 8.3 percent drop in Pakistan.

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Build Back Better for cyclone Evan affected people

Building Back Better

  • 64 other cyclone-Evan affected households are now eligible for a cyclone proof dwelling with enhanced resilience.

  • The shelter has been designed and engineered to withstand cyclonic winds, earthquakes and periodic surface flooding. The shelters are based on the concept of traditional Samoan Faleo’o Tropical cyclone

  • Evan struck Samoa on December 13, 2012 with a total estimated cost of damages and losses of $210.6 million USD which was significant for the small size of the Samoan economy.

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Climate Change Matters Issue 25 —July 2014

Inside This Issue

Director’s note 2

Pacific Pilot Project on Climate Resilience and the Regional Technical Support Mechanism 3

Pacific to have very first Joint Regional Climate and Disaster Resilience Plan 3

Fourth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4

PACC lays knowledge foundations for climate change adaptation in the Pacific 5

Pacific featured at International Capacity Development Forum 6

Low Carbon Development planned for the Pacific region 6

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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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For the Caribbean, a United Front Is Key to Weathering Climate Change

By Desmond Brown

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten, Jul 2 2014 (IPS) - As the costs of climate change continue to mount, officials with the Commonwealth grouping say it is vital that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) stick together on issues such as per capita income classification.

Deputy Commonwealth Secretary General (Economic and Social Development) Deodat Maharaj told IPS the classification affects the ability of countries like Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and others to access financing from the international financial institutions.

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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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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.