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Climate forecasters are predicting below normal rainfall levels for several Pacific Island nations over the next three months on top of an already unusually dry period.
New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) says New Caledonia and Vanuatu, which have recently experienced well below normal rainfall levels in some areas, will continue to experience below normal levels.
In what might be a slight reprieve for Papua New Guinea, which has borne the brunt of El Niño, the forecast is for normal or below normal rainfall.
By Pita Ligaiula in Niue
The United States today announced a US$5 million climate change project for the Pacific in the next five years.
The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Fiji, Judith Beth Cefkin at the Pacific Community (SPC) Conference underway in Alofi.
“The US is very committed to work with fellow members of the Pacific Community to increase resilience of the peoples of the Pacific particularly adapting to and mitigating global climate change and promoting sustainable inclusive economic development
At least four million people in the Pacific face hunger, water shortages and risk of disease this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.
By Online Editor
6:22 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2014, Ethiopia
Reports by PACNEWS Journalist, Pita Ligaiula in Addis Ababa
Climate Change in the Pacific receives more funding from donors than food security, according to a regional government official.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)’s Food Security Technical officer, Gibson Susumu said there is a need for climate change and food security to be given same priority in terms of funding.