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.
31 August 2014, Apia, Samoa - A 5-year, €5 million project titled 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption', has been signed on the cusp of the 3rd International Conference of Small Island Developing States.
The project was signed between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
His Excellency Anote Tong, the President of Kiribati, launched the Kiribati Joint Implementation Plan for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (KJIP) on 29 August 2014 in Tarawa, together with the Population Policy and Population Implementation Strategy. At the launch, the President said: ‘These policies are key government priorities touching the life of the people where it matters most. [...] The formulation of these policies was as sensitive as possible, involving all partners and communities. They represent powerful tools to coordinate and jointly monitor the implementation.
Message du Président
L’année écoulée a été synonyme d’avancée pour le PROE, et les Membres comme le Secrétariat peuvent s’enorgueillir à juste titre des progrès et des réalisations accomplis.
SPREP launches 2013 Annual Report
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is pleased to advise that the 2013 SPREP Annual Report is now available online. In 2013 SPREP celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the SPREP Treaty, which established the Secretariat as an autonomous body.
Mr David Sheppard, Director General of SPREP explains that there was a lot to celebrate during this anniversary year:
Press release 29 July 2014
• El Niño alert issued, with meteorologists estimating a 70 per cent chance of event developing by late 2014.
• OCHA and the Pacific Humanitarian Team responded to five emergencies between November 2013 and May 2014.
• Recovery efforts in cyclone-affected Tonga include a cash-for-work programme focusing on food security and debris management.
• A study of the Pacific Humanitarian Team response in the Solomon Islands finds coordination support appreciated, but improved communication and assessments needed.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a workshop for select civil society, academic and private sector organizations on Wednesday, July 16 to announce the five-year, USD $24-million Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Center.
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Director’s note 2
Pacific Pilot Project on Climate Resilience and the Regional Technical Support Mechanism 3
Pacific to have very first Joint Regional Climate and Disaster Resilience Plan 3
Fourth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4
PACC lays knowledge foundations for climate change adaptation in the Pacific 5
Pacific featured at International Capacity Development Forum 6
Low Carbon Development planned for the Pacific region 6
By Online Editor 12:46 pm GMT+12, 03/07/2014, Kiribati Kiribati is set to host a climate change meeting next week of atoll nations to consolidate their stance as frontline and most vulnerable states in the face of climate change, according to a report from the Office of the President in Tarawa.
For these frontline nations, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu, climate change is an issue of security and survival.
They are meeting under an affiliation known as the Coalition of Atoll Nations on Climate Change (CANCC).