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Samoa + 2 others
Tsunami workshop aims to improve early warning and preparedness

11 April 2014: Apia Samoa. In February 2011, the Christchurch Earthquake that resulted in the deaths of 185 people and losses estimated at up to NZD 40 billion was followed just 11 days later by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that brought tremendous losses to the people of Japan. In 2009, an earthquake of magnitude 8.1 resulted in a tsunami that caused the loss of 189 lives in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

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Samoa Met Division, providing CLEWS

Meteorological Acronym for today: CLEWS - Climate Early Warning Systems

2 April 2014, Rarotonga, Cook Islands - Samoa is currently seeking funding to continue a four year Climate Early Warning System which began in 2009.

Known as CLEWS, this project enabled the Samoa Meteorology Division to provide sectors with climate forecasts three months in advance. This helped different sectors such as Tourism, Agriculture, Forestry and the Public Health office to be able to plan to prepare for the impacts of the probable climate.

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World + 13 others
US Government Launches Grant Program to Support Climate Change Initiatives in the Pacific Islands Region

The U.S. Government today launched the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund in Suva to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.

The US$24-million (approx. FJ$44 million) grant program will provide grants to qualifying civil society organizations (CSOs) which will implement climate change adaptation activities in twelve countries in the Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

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Tonga + 5 others
Disaster Insurance on the Agenda in the Pacific

Report
World Bank

NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga, March 24, 2014 --- Representatives of Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu attended a regional workshop last week on 20-21 March in Tonga to discuss the future of Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance (DRFI) in the region. The workshop was opened by Tonga’s Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. ‘Asiake Valu Eke and closed by Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Samiu Vaipulu and His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan to Tonga.

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World + 20 others
Climate change threatening small island countries and posing a danger to food security in landlocked states

Mongolia Ministry of Industry and Agriculture convenes high-level forum to discuss remedial action – 10 Government Ministers attend

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 12 Mar 2014 -- While the environments of small islands in the Pacific and landlocked countries with no access to the sea may seem polar opposites, they share common problems that need collaborative efforts to address and resolve if food security is to be guaranteed for future generations, a specially convened meeting in the Mongolian capital has heard.

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World + 22 others
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs farewells Australian Volunteers for International Development

Senator the Hon Brett Mason farewelled 116 volunteers soon to depart to developing countries, during a reception at Old Parliament House this week.

The group was in Canberra to undergo training and make final preparations for their volunteering assignments.

The volunteers will be placed with host organisations for a period of 12 months to 2 years, and will assist with projects ranging from surf lifesaving training to providing advice in the use of Geographic Information Systems.

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World + 7 others
Hardship and Vulnerability in the Pacific Island Countries - A Regional Companion to the World Development Report 2014

Report
World Bank

The report aims to help identify how and where hardship and vulnerability are being experienced so that governments and partners can focus resources where they are needed most.

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World + 8 others
Island countries seek ways to better access funds

2 March 2012, Apia, Samoa -- Accessing funds for Climate Change adaptation is a key challenge for the Pacific as knowing where to seek information on the financing available and how to access the funds is not always as cut and dried as it seems.

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World + 3 others
Dengue fever continues to spread across the region

The World Health Organisation is reporting that dengue fever is being detected for the first time in more and more countries across the Asia Pacific region.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Fiji + 14 others
European Union and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) sign a €35.5 (FJ$90.8) million financing agreement on climate change and sustainable energy

The programme will help 15 Pacific countries to address three main challenges: adapting to climate change; reducing their reliance on fossil fuels; and capacity building.

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Marshall Islands + 13 others
Pacific Regional Office Development Operational Report Quarter 3 & 4 2013 (MAA55001)

Key Accomplishments:

o The adoption of the Marshall Island Red Cross Act by parliament heralded the formation of a new Red Cross National Society.

o With the establishment of a sub-regional office in the northern Pacific, the regional office is now better placed to provide closer more tailored support to national societies in Palau, FSM and RMI.

o Completion of the Pacific Governance Enhancement Programme formative evaluation and endorsement from all Pacific members to continue the programme.

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World + 11 others
Green Economy Transition Promises Multiple Benefits for Small Island States, UN Studies Confirm

On the International Day of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Nairobi, 24 February 2014 –Creating the enabling conditions for a Green Economy transition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)—from improved public investment to reliable market instruments and better governance—will help the estimated 50 million SIDS residents build climate resilience, achieve economic growth and enjoy better standards of living.

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World Bank, Government of Samoa Launch Climate Resilience Program

Report
World Bank

SYDNEY, February 7, 2014 ----- Today at a ceremony in Sydney, a new project was launched to support climate change adaptation measures for coastal communities in Samoa. The grant agreement was signed at the World Bank office by World Bank Country Director for the Pacific Islands, Franz Drees-Gross and the High Commissioner for Samoa, H.E. Lamalu Tate Simi.

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Tonga + 1 other
Samoa donates money for cyclone relief work in Tonga

The Samoan government will donate about 30,000 US dollars to assist relief efforts in Tonga's northern islands of Ha'apai following Cyclone Ian.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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World + 3 others
Climate Change Resilience Programme Gets Under Way in the Region

24 January 2014 - The inception meeting for a three-year multi-million dollar climate resilience project was held at the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in Apia, Samoa this week, bringing together donors, partners and Pacific countries to strengthen planning as the project gets ready to commence.

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Samoa + 9 others
Saving lives Changing minds : #7 Aug 2013 - Jan 2014

A message from the International Federation Dear partners,

Welcome to the 7th external edition of Saving Lives Changing Minds. In this edition you will read about the work of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (the Movement) in the Pacific over the last six months – from disaster response to water and sanitation, first aid, community health and the empowerment of young women.

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World + 10 others
Information for Action Special Issue - Climate Change and Health [EN/FR]

Inform'ACTION is the bilingual bulletin of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) produced by the Research, Evidence and Information Programme (REI) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). It contains news and information about public health surveillance and response activities in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories. The first priorities of the PPHSN are communicable diseases, especially the outbreak-prone ones.

Produced at SPC (Noumea) with the support of AusAid, New Zealand Aid Programme and France.

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World + 21 others
Technical paper: The risk of disaster-induced displacement - South Pacific island states

A new paper aims to assess the risk of disaster-induced displacement in 21 island states in the South Pacific to guide development and preparedness planning.