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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).

19 Nov 2014 description
report Government of Samoa

Over 16 weeks, we have seen a total of 2,556 cases (Attack rate of 13.6 per 1,000)


  • All specimen sent to ILM Tahiti over the past 2 months, have been negative for Zika virus, leptospirosis and dengue on PCR

  • We have now stopped sending specimen for testing to ILM Tahiti due to resources. (Please refer all laboratory queries to Manager TTM hospital)


  • Awareness programs are continuing

  • Peri-focal spraying is continuing, to coincide with the Tuna omission conference.

13 Nov 2014 description

Bangkok, Thailand, 13 Nov 2014 -- A global initiative to improve the way agricultural statistics are compiled at country level has taken another step forward in Asia and the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced today.

08 Nov 2014 description

Apia, Samoa —Samoa is set to adopt a whole-of-government approach to climate change adaptation through a US$12.3 million initiative, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

07 Nov 2014 description

An earthquake leading to a tsunami in Samoa was the mock ‘disaster’ at the core of a simulation exercise designed to test the roles of national media.

Held on a wet and windy Monday, the simulation exercise was facilitated by the Samoa Disaster Management Office.

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

Reconstruction effort helps those hit by cyclone


31 Oct 2014 description

In this Issue

Featured Stories

  • Supporting Climate Change Adaptation in the Arab States
  • Stories from: Sudan
    Djibouti (1)
    Djibouti (2)

Featured Resources

  • Project Video: Improving Resilience of the Agriculture Sector to Climate Change Impacts in Lao


  • Community-based Coastal Afforestation Project in Bangladesh Receives Award in Global Contest


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.

15 Oct 2014 description

What is the true cost of a disaster in human and economic terms and, once we know, what can we do to reduce the burden the next time?

07 Oct 2014 description
report Government of Samoa


Over the course of the last few months, the Samoa Climate Early Warning System (CLEWS) has observed rainfall over the country to be generally lower than average. The lack of decent rainfall over certain areas in the country has lead to dry conditions that are now classified as within the threshold of a meteorological drought.

03 Oct 2014 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 2 Oct 2014 07:15 GMT
Author: Catherine Wilson

APIA, Samoa (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In many Pacific Island countries, Western-style home construction has been gradually usurping traditional architecture. But returning to indigenous practices of building and planning communities could be key to creating the disaster-resilient communities of the future, experts say.

Read the full article on AlertNet

02 Oct 2014 description
report Government of Samoa

Over 8 weeks, we have a cumulative total of 1,090 cases (Attack rate of 5.8 per 1,000)

Mass Gathering Surveillance for SIDs conference has ended on 15th September 2014.

Enhanced surveillance will continue.

30 Sep 2014 description

Secretariat of the Pacifi c Community's (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division through the Disaster Reduction Programme is committed to working with offi cials and communities around the Pacifi c to strengthen the ability of countries to protect people as much as possible from the impact of natural and manmade disasters.


  • SPC supports countries in the lead up to the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reducti on

  • First FSM and Fiji National Platforms for Disaster Risk Management

29 Sep 2014 description
report UN General Assembly


Assemblée générale
Soixante-neuvième session
15e & 16e séances plénières
Matin & après-midi

24 Sep 2014 description
report Government of Samoa

Over 7 weeks, we have a cumulative total of 841 cases (Attack rate of 4.5 per 1,000)

Mass Gathering Surveillance, which started on the 26/8/14 for SIDS conference, will be completed on the 19/9/14.

24 Sep 2014 description
report Government of Samoa

Over 5 weeks, we have a cumulative total of 626 cases (Attack rate of 3.3 per 1,000)

Mass Gathering Surveillance started on the 26/8/14 for SIDS conference, with the assistance of SPC and is continuing for 2 more weeks.

Majority of the clinical cases are sent home (not admitted)

19 Sep 2014 description

Key messages

  • The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural calamities such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in casualties and people affected per inhabitant.

  • Promoting and enabling active participation of both women and men in training, planning and decision-making for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response is crucial for reducing vulnerability to natural calamities in the Pacific.

19 Sep 2014 description


Normal to below normal rainfall is evident in many Pacific Island countries, with the Pacific Ocean showing renewed signs of El Niño development. There is a 50 per cent chance of an El Niño forming by the end of 2014. Water conservation measures are recommended.


Drought conditions are being monitored on Emau Island, located in North Efate in Shefa Province. The island, with a population of 1,000 has not had rainfall since June 2014.