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11 Sep 2017 description
report Oxfam

This case study draws on fieldwork in two communities in Fiji that participated in the 2002–05 Capacity Building to Enable the Development of Adaptation Measures in Pacific Island Countries (CBDAMPIC) project, one of the first adaptation projects in the Pacific that attempted to work at this community scale to build resilience to the longer-term impacts of climate change. In both communities, the project served as a catalyst for more resilient development, improving both absorptive and adaptive capacity with respect to water shortages.

20 Jul 2017 description
report Pacific Community

People residing in two drought-prone sugarcane areas on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, are a step closer to accessing more reliable water supplies, following the recent completion of Hydrogeological surveys. The surveys, conducted by a Water Resources team from the Pacific Community’s Geoscience Division have mapped new sources of underground water in Qerelevu (Ba) and Nanuku-Wailevu (Ra).

20 Jul 2017 description

The European Union (EU) and the Pacific Community have signed an agreement to build resilience to future El Niño related droughts in the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands and Republic of Palau.

15 Jul 2017 description
report GFDRR

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This performance evaluation using Case Study design and qualitative methods focused on the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research’s (NIWA) Challenge Fund (CF) Drought Risk Visualization Toolkit (DRVT) project in Solomon Islands, Samoa and Fiji. It addressed the following four theory-based evaluation questions:

  1. To what extent is NIWA achieving CF logic model results at the outcome and purpose levels in Solomon Islands, Samoa and Fiji? (Please note that these results refer to access and use of the toolkit.)

13 Jul 2017 description

Editorial

in the month of June, the Pacific was in the spotlight at the highlevel UN Conference to Support the implementation of Sustainable development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development), demonstrating global leadership on ocean issues with Fiji and Sweden serving as co-chairs of the meeting.

30 Jun 2017 description
report Pacific Community

Technical officers from different Pacific atolls met in Kiribati for an intensive week of training and knowledge sharing to improve their capacity to support the water security of vulnerable island communities.

The one-week Atoll Water Security Workshop was convened by the Pacific Community (SPC) in South Tarawa, an urban atoll community all too familiar with the impacts of climate variability on household water security.

05 Jun 2017 description

With no substantial rainfall since November 2016, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) declared a state of emergency in April 2017 due to a severe drought affecting the country. At the time eight out of the country’s 29 atolls were affected by the drought, impacting approximately 12 per cent of the overall population of RMI.

05 Jun 2017 description

Editorial

We have come a long way from when the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) came into force, the establishment of the Global Environment Facility, the Kyoto Protocol, the adaptation Fund, recently the Paris agreement and the Green Climate Fund. Yet the same issues and challenges of accessing climate change funds by small islands remain up to day.

01 Jun 2017 description

Port Moresby, May 30, 2017 - Key disaster risk management and Government stakeholders held a two day workshop this week to prepare for a potential El Nino event in August which could bring drier-than-normal conditions to Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Since March, several global and regional climate agencies have predicted a potential occurrence of El Niño in the second half of 2017. Based on these reports, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has indicated a 50 per cent likelihood of a return to El Niño conditions by August 2017.

26 May 2017 description

by Sophie Hares | @SophieHares | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 26 May 2017 08:25 GMT

"But the underlying issue is the money - our public resources are not sufficient to address these climatic issues"

By Sophie Hares

CANCUN, Mexico, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is in dire need of aid as drought pushes it closer to declaring a state of emergency and it struggles with rising seas and other effects of climate change which could cost "billions", said President Taneti Mamau.

24 May 2017 description

Meteorologists warn that there is twice the normal likelihood of El Niño developing in 2017.

10 May 2017 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON D.C., May 9, 2017 –The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today grant financing for a project that is expected to help communities in the Marshall Islands – already vulnerable to recurring drought and flooding – prepare better for the impact of climate change.

The Pacific Resilience Project II will receive a US$19.6 million grant for the Marshall Islands and a US$4 million grant for the Pacific Community (SPC) to support this important initiative.

08 May 2017 description

08/05/2017 Suva, Fiji Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands was a major theme at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster Forum in Nadi, Fiji that took place from 26 to 28 April.

The joint FAO/WFP meeting of some 50 representatives from governments, non-governmental and UN organizations, was jointly hosted by the FAO and WFP Food Security Cluster co-lead Coordinators.

08 May 2017 description

VANUATU

On 8 May, Tropical Cyclone Donna intensified into a Category 5 storm (winds of up to 215 km/h near the centre and gusts of 300 km/h) as it continues to move across Vanuatu towards New Caledonia. Over the weekend, Torba Province, with a population of about 10,000 people, was severely hit. Provincial authorities have conducted a rapid assessment with Community Disaster Committees on Loh, Hui, Tegua and Toga islands.

03 May 2017 description

Executive summary

This report summarises the performance of the Australian aid program in 2014-15. It reviews progress with implementation of the Government’s policy and performance framework for the aid program.
Chapter 1 reviews progress towards the 10 strategic targets set by the Government to assess the performance of the aid program as a whole. Good progress has been made against the strategic targets.

03 May 2017 description

Executive Summary

This report summarises the performance of the Australian aid program in 2015-16. It reviews progress with implementation of the Government’s policy and performance framework.

02 May 2017 description

NADI – Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands, is one of the major themes that was discussed at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster in Nadi, Fiji this week.

The meeting of some 50 representatives from governments, non-governmental and UN organizations, was jointly hosted by Food Security Cluster co-lead Coordinators: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

02 May 2017 description

Editorial

Climate Change Matters in this edition celebrates the handing over of the Pacific Greenhouse Gas abatement Programme through renewable Energy (PiGGarEP) projects in Palau and tuvalu. the excellent outcomes from both Palau and tuvalu need to be replicated in other communities and in remote outer islands. it’s at these times that we ask ourselves - “is the pilot approach to building resiliency in the Pacific the best approach? What happens to the many communities and outer islands with similar issues? do they need the same interventions?”.

01 May 2017 description

MARSHALL ISLANDS

Over the past several weeks, extreme drought was reported in eight atolls across the Marshall Islands including Wotje and Utirik. As of 20 April, the drought has affected an estimated 6,400 people. On 24 April, the Government declared a State of Emergency for 31 days in the affected areas. The Emergency Operations Centre was activated and is coordinating the response with local governments and national clusters. Authorities are liaising with bilateral partners to support the in-country response.

6,400 people affected