The following syndromes have been flagged:
Acute Fever and Rash: Kiribati
Prolonged Fever: Tonga
Chikungunya outbreaks are on-going in American Samoa, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Samoa and Tokelau.
French Polynesia: As of 21 December 2014, the estimated number of cases of Chikungunya was 51,131 since 10 October 2014. There have been nine deaths.
Tectonic Plates and Fault Lines
The region is home to extremes in elevation and the world's most active seismic and volcanic activity. Southwest of India, the Maldives has a maximum height of just 230cm, while far to the north, the Tibetan Plateau averages over 4,500m across its 2.5 million square kilometres and is home to all 14 of the world's peaks above 8,000 metres. The Himalaya were born 70 million years ago when the Arabian Plate collided with the Eurasian plate.
Volcanic Explosivity in Asia-Pacific
This map shows the density of volcanic eruptions based on the explosivity index for each eruption and the time period of the eruption. Eruption information is spread to 100km beyond point source to indicate areas that could be affected by volcanic emissions or ground shaking.
Tropical Storm Risk Zones
This map was derived from the Munich Reinsurance Company's World Map of Natural Hazards and shows tropical storm intensity based on the five wind speeds of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Earthquake Intensity Risk Zones
This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.
8 December 2014, Lima, Peru - Describing themselves as an Early Warning System for the global community, the CANCC - the Coalition of Low Lying Atoll Nations on the issue of Climate Change was born this year comprising of Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Tokelau and Tuvalu.
On the tiny coral islands of Kiribati sandbags hold back the rising sea and drought means no fresh water. For the Pacific Islanders living at the sharp edge of climate change any result in Lima will be too little, too late
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La FAO honore les réalisations du Brésil, du Cameroun, de l’Ethiopie, du Gabon, de la Gambie, de l’Iran, du Kiribati, de la Malaisie, de Maurice, de la Mauritanie, du Mexique, des Philippines et de l’Uruguay
30 novembre 2014, Rome - Treize pays ont obtenu aujourd'hui la reconnaissance de la FAO pour les progrès exceptionnels qu'ils ont réalisés dans la lutte contre la faim et qui leur ont permis d'atteindre les objectifs internationaux avant la date limite de fin 2015.
FAO honors achievements of Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, the Philippines and Uruguay
30 November 2014, Rome - Thirteen countries today won recognition from FAO for outstanding progress in fighting hunger, an achievement which includes reaching international targets ahead of the end-of-2015 deadline.
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).
The European Union, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Government of Kiribati yesterday formalised a 3.3 Million Euro (4.75 Million AUD) partnership that is expected to increase access to safe water and sanitation in 35 villages in Kiribati's Gilbert Islands.
35th & 36th Meetings (AM & PM)
Concluding General Debate on Human Rights, Delegates Raise Concerns about ‘Politicized’ Resolutions Targeting Specific Countries
Climate change directly affects sectors such as water, agriculture and fisheries and as a result human health can be put at risk. For example, increasingly variable rainfall patterns are likely to affect the supply of fresh water, especially in small atoll nations such as Kiribati. A lack of safe drinking water can compromise hygiene and increase the risk of diarrhoeal disease. Diarrhoea and other water borne diseases contribute to high child mortality rates in Kiribati, with 63 out of every 1000 children not reaching their fifth birthday.
About this report
This report draws from interviews carried out with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand partners and networks between March and August 2014. We approached groups with these key questions:
What are the environmental issues you are experiencing in your work and community?
What responses are people making?
What solutions do you think should be made?
What else do you want to tell us about environmental impacts affecting people in your community?
Sebastian AJ Taylor
University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Kiribati's Ministry of Health says rotavirus is responsible for the deaths of two children and around 500 cases of diarrhoea and vomiting.
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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.
4 September, 2014 Apia, Samoa - Today the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) signed a historic partnership agreement that aims to improve the way in which weather and climate information is delivered, understood and acted on, by communities living with the everyday impacts of climate change. The three-year Letter of Agreement was signed at the SPREP headquarters in Apia by Jagan Chapagain, Director of the IFRC’s regional office for Asia Pacific and David Sheppard, Director …
IFAD invests in rural communities vulnerable to climate change, limited access to fresh and clean water, and malnutrition
The Republic of Kiribati is made up of three main island groups:The Gilbert, Phoenix and Line Islands and one isolated raised limestone island, Banaba (Ocean Island).The groups of islands contain 33 scattered atoll islands, dispersed over 3.5 million square kilometers in the central Pacific Ocean.The three main island groups stretch over 800 kilometers from north to south and over 3,210 kilometers from east to west.