Niue (New Zealand)
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Niue's Joint National Action Plan (JNAP) for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management provides a three year plan of action to address existing gaps relating to vulnerability to climate change impacts and disasters. Developed in partnership with Pacific regional organisations (SPC/SOPAC and SPREP), the Government of Niue have identified five priority areas of attention, which form the goals in the JNAP Implementation Matrix.
The global impacts of desertification and land degradation prompted the United Nations Organization to adopt the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD) in 1994. Niue acceded to the UNCCD on 12 August 1998 and entered into force on 10 November 1998. Under the CCD all parties to the Convention are expected to prepare and implement a National Action Programme (NAP). The action plan formulated and information presented are largely drawn from previous environmental reports and recommendations, which relate to land degradation and/or drought mitigation measures.
The aim of the Niue National Disaster Plan is to strengthen the resilience of Niue and its communities to national emergencies through the development of effective preparedness, response and recovery, arrangements. The plan reflects the commitment by the Government of Niue to strengthening the resilience of our nation and communities to disasters and supports the vision of the Pacific Regional Framework for Action 2005 ‐ 2015.
The objective of this Recovery Plan is to formulate and prioritise actions in order for Niue to recover from Cyclone Heta and to re‐build towards prosperity.
Strengthening resilience to natural disasters and combating climate change through culture Paciﬁc islanders have been dealing with a changing environment for centuries.
What is the purpose of this plan?
The Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, or the EPREP, is designed to guide inter-agency humanitarian action in the Pacific, and consolidates information on the humanitarian architecture, tools and services of the Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT).
Niue’s domestic water supply will receive a boost in capacity with the supply of 5,000-litre water tanks to 214 households. The tanks will increase community resilience to climate variability and change, including periodic drought, and provide access to safe drinking water when the central supply is disrupted by extreme weather conditions.
The project is part of the regional Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States (GCCA: PSIS) initiative, which is funded by the European Union (EU) and executed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
On 5 September 2013, the Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum* adopted the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership.
In a concise and focused way, the Declaration captures the Pacific’s political commitment to be a region of Climate Leaders, and to spark a “new wave of climate leadership” that can deliver a safe climate future for all.
More specifically, the Declaration:
• Recognizes the gross insufficiency of current efforts to tackle climate change, and the responsibility of all to act urgently to reduce and phase-down greenhouse gas pollution;
The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a partnership of all agencies and organizations that have a mandate to respond to natural disasters in the Pacific Island region, and that agree to coordinate international humanitarian action according to a cluster or sector approach. It was established in July 2008 by humanitarian stakeholders at the Regional Inter-Agency Contingency Planning Workshop for Humanitarian Assistance in the Pacific to deliver timely, effective and coordinated international response to natural disasters in 14 Pacific Island Countries (PICs).
Philippines - Heavy rains hamper humanitarian activities in Bopha-affected areas. The revised Action Plan was launched in Manila on 25 January asking for US$76 million. As of 19 Jan, nearly 6,500 people are displaced in evacuation centers while nearly 845,000 are displaced outside of formal centers.
Indonesia - Mt. Rokatenda erupted on 3 Feb resulting in the evacuation of a number of villagers. The local authorities distributed 11,000 masks to villagers remaining on Palue island, where the volcano is located.
In this Climate Update, highlights include:
· Between 9 and 11 named Tropical Cyclones were forecast for the 2012 / 2013 South Pacific tropical cyclone season. 3 named Tropical Cyclones have occurred in the South Pacific so far.
· 11 Tropical Depressions have formed in the South Pacific since the beginning of the Tropical Cyclone Season.
· In the South Pacific, one Tropical Depression increased in intensity to Category 3 (Tropical Cyclone Garry) and two to Category 4 (Tropical Cyclone Evan and Freda).