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Papua New Guinea
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This year’s State of the Environment for Oceania report focuses on people’s changing relationship with the seas that surround us, and how Oceania communities and governments are responding to today’s environmental challenges.
Beneath the surface of the waves, the temperature, volume and chemistry of our oceans is changing. A major report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature said the world is ‘completely unprepared’ for the impact of warming oceans on marine life, ecosystems, and people.
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Volcanic activity on Manam Island caused ash fall in Dugulava, on the northeast coast of the island. A Level 3 alert was triggered and 202 households were voluntarily evacuated to mainland Madang. Fuel for boats has been prepositioned on Manam Island as a contingency for a potential escalation of the situation which might trigger the need for additional emergency evacuation. A needs assessment of evacuated households is being conducted by provincial authorities.
200 households evacuated
The Manus Island refugee Loghman Sawari who escaped from Papua New Guinea to Fiji has been arrested again in Port Moresby.
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Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands need to invest in the agriculture and fisheries sectors to improve their ability to combat the detrimental effects of climate change on food security and poverty.
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According to the Government, over 2.3 million people are affected by prolonged drought across PNG.
Immediate needs are food and water. The Government is leading the response and has completed the first round of relief distribution to the most affected provinces in the Highlands.
Our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us…This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. – LAUDATO SI’, PARAS 1-2.
The joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the people of the Pacific in relation to their environment, are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the Church. They are therefore the concerns of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand – the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ agency charged with promoting justice, peace and true human development.
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.
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Torrential rains have caused floods in central and southern Bougainville. Initial Government reports indicate more than 5,000 people are affected. The National Disaster Centre is organising an aerial survey of the affected area. Members from the Disaster Management Team will also participate.
Source: NDC and OCHA
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed this week between Fiji and Papua New Guinea through both countries’ Labour Ministries that will see Fiji provide assistance to its Melanesian neighbour.
Fiji’s Minister for Labour Jone Usamate said the signing extended Fiji’s assistance to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea on Occupational Safety and Health Reform.
His counterpart from Papua New Guinea Minister Mark Maikapai initiated this South-South cooperation between the 2 nations in 2011.
The government has decided to provide humanitarian assistance worth US$50,000 each to Papua New Guinea and Fiji that have sustained enormous damage, such as landslides, from torrential rains last weekend.
The aforementioned aid fund, after consultations with the governments of the two countries and the Red Cross, will be used to give relief to flood victims and restore facilities.
This report covers the period 1/7/2007 to 31/10/2007 of the 2006-07 appeal.
In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.
Programme Summary: There have been no dramatic events during this reporting period.