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15th August, 2017 Directors of national meteorological services and officials from the Pacific have convened in Honiara this week to attend the Pacific Meteorological Council Meeting (PMC) under the theme ‘Sustainable Weather, Ocean and Water Services for a Resilient Pacific’.
The meeting was officially opened by Solomon Islands Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Hon. Samuel Manetoali yesterday morning at the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency conference room.
Director of Meteorology under MEIDECC also the Vice President of the World Meteorological Organization and Regional Association V in the South West Pacific Mr. ‘Ofa Fa’anunu opened a Steering Committee Meeting on CREWS-Canada and Canada Projects in the Pacific, at Heritage Park Hotel, Honiara, in August 9th 2017.
• 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.