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21 Sep 2016 description

27SM Niue News: 2015 SPREP Annual Report is now launched

The SPREP Annual Report for 2015 is now available online having been presented at the 27th SPREP Meeting in Niue on Day one. The Report, available in both English and French outlines the activities and project implemented with members and partners in 2015 as the region strives to achieve the SPREP vision - a Pacific environment that sustains our livelihoods and natural heritage in harmony with our cultures.

14 Sep 2016 description

Suva, Fiji: Rural and urban markets in Vanuatu are central to the livelihoods of the people especially the poorer households who depend heavily on the income they earn from their small scale market operations.

12 Sep 2016 description

Foreword

To reach the people we serve and assist partners, our supply chain operates a complex network of sourcing, contracting, storing and transporting food, goods and services. Our planning, logistics and procurement capacity is core to our success.

09 Sep 2016 description

Shepard’s Islands, Vanuatu: The offshore islands of Efate extending to the Shepard’s have been part of the hardest hit islands during Tropical Cyclone Pam early last year, which caused much destruction on their livelihood.

While the people depend on sustainable farming to meet their basic needs, the islands are rich with marine resources that they also depend on for their daily income. Local fishermen pay for schools fees and their basic needs with the little income they earn from fishing.

06 Sep 2016 description
report Oxfam

Executive Summary

Pacific island countries are working hard to address the escalating realities of climate change, including the impact on land, livelihoods, and on the food and water security of their most vulnerable communities. The need for accessible, predictable, adequate and appropriate financial support to meet the climate crisis is urgent and growing.

31 Aug 2016 description

Type of system: Indago Multi-copter Microdrones by Lockheed Martin, 960L by Allign, Phantom 2 Vision+ by DJI and Fixed wing model UX-5 by Trimble
Deploying agency: World Bank
Piloting agency: Heliwest, Australia, and X-Craft, New Zealand, coordinated by UAViators
Dates of Deployment: 28 March to 12 April 2015
Authors: Patrick Meier, Denise Soesilo

Summary

30 Aug 2016 description

A United Nations Development Programme-commissioned project to build a 500-metre-long seawall is underway on the Tuvalu atoll of Nukufetau.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

23 Aug 2016 description

Description

The development objective of the Infrastructure Reconstruction and Improvement Project for Vanuatu is to reconstruct and/or improve the disaster and climate resilience of selected public sector assets in provinces impacted by Tropical Cyclone (TC) Pam, and to provide immediate and effective response to an Eligible Crisis or Emergency.

22 Aug 2016 description

Pacific women's voices crucial for disaster management.

The region is often hit by natural disasters with major cyclones devastating Vanuatu and Fiji in the past 18 months.

Aleta Miller of the UN Women's Fiji office says women are more affected than men in the aftermath and should be included in disaster management planning.

But she said aid agencies often cast women as victims first and risk ignoring what is truly needed.

11 Aug 2016 description
report CARE

By CARE Australia

As we mark six months since Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji, CARE Australia’s Emergency Response Manager Adam Poulter reflects on the pattern of severe storms that is becoming the new normal.

We have crossed the threshold. Gone are the days when catastrophic cyclones were a once in a lifetime event.

A couple of years ago it would have been inconceivable to have multiple category-five mega-storms hitting Australia’s neighbours in so short a time. But that is today’s reality.

02 Aug 2016 description

They call it the most disaster-prone country on earth: a scattered collection of islands in the Pacific Ring of Fire, beset by tropical cyclones, floods, droughts, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Yet Vanuatu, like 70 per cent of countries across Asia and the Pacific, does not have comprehensive laws in place to guide international disaster assistance and response. Disaster law is a complex and emerging field, frequently overlooked by both governments and humanitarian agencies. Yet the absence of a legal framework can compound the suffering of communities when disasters strike.

02 Aug 2016 description

The Vanuatu Government is setting up a new building to consolidate all Cyclone Pam recovery projects in the one office.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

01 Aug 2016 description

KEY FACTS & FIGURES

The Latest Crises: March 2015

Activation of Cluster: February 2015 (pre-crisis)

Cluster management arrangements: Strategic Advisory Group

Frequency of cluster meetings: MONTHLY

16 Total cluster partners

8 IOs & INGOs with permanent presence in the country

8 Local NGOs

26 Jul 2016 description
report Pacific Community

Over 20 health professionals from all six provinces of Vanuatu are in Port-Vila this week to scale up public health surveillance with the Pacific Data for Decision-Making (DDM) training programme.

The week-long training is jointly organised by Vanuatu Ministry of Health and the Pacific Community (SPC) as part of the recovery activities in response to Cyclone Pam project funded by the German Development Bank (KfW).

19 Jul 2016 description

Ministry of Agriculture Program helping Nguna, Pele & Emao farmers prepare for La Niña

We’ve all heard about and seen the effects of El Niño on Vanuatu’s food security this year: Crops dying, rivers drying up and people travelling long distances to find enough water to drink, cook and clean. But now that we are passed the El Niño period, scientists are warning that another climate extreme may be coming our way: La Niña. We are on a La Nina “Watch”, with a more than 50% likelihood of La Niña forming later in 2016 according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

16 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

by Rebecca Olul

On the night Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, Tamanu’s family was forced to leave their home and seek shelter with relatives. When they returned, their house was destroyed. One year later, Tamanu is thriving thanks in part to the Vanuatu Society for Disabled Persons (VSDP) Early Intervention playgroup, which travels to communities like hers to reach children who need development and support services.

14 Jul 2016 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts, floods, storms and extreme temperature fluctuations as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. The 2015/2016 occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998 which killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

06 Jul 2016 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts, floods, storms and extreme temperature fluctuations as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. The 2015/2016 occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998 which killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

06 Jul 2016 description

The latest round-up of activities carried out by the ICRC in Papua New Guinea features an update on our work of protecting and providing relief to vulnerable and needy people.

Table of contents:

  • Protecting the vulnerable

  • Giving assistance to the needy

  • Working with PNG Red Cross

  • Awareness of the law