The Republic of the Marshall Islands has ratified an international treaty which enables the country to access a global gene pool of more than 1.6 million plants that belong to the most important food crops.
The Pacific Island nation has become the 132nd Contracting Party to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture through support from the treaty Secretariat, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
Samoa's Ministry of Health says the whole of Samoa is now affected by chikungunya.
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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."
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
In this Issue
- 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
Governments of Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, and the Marshall Islands request extension of Successful Regional Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot
Reconstruction effort helps those hit by cyclone
SITISENI AFUA FUGA AND HER RESILIENT FAMILY
In this Issue
- Supporting Climate Change Adaptation in the Arab States
- Stories from: Sudan
- 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
(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.
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?
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT
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.
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.
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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.
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.
IN THIS ISSUE
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
15e & 16e séances plénières
Matin & après-midi
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.