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17 Nov 2017 description

A low-lying atoll nation in the central Pacific Ocean, Kiribati has a population of just over 110,000 people. Below average rainfall since November 2016 has led to an ongoing drought across the country, with the southern island most severely affected.

24 Oct 2017 description

Introduction

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.

17 Oct 2017 description
report CARE

Introduction

Following the response across the PNG Highlands region to the El Niño event in 2015-16, a Lessons Learnt Workshop was held in Goroka on the 9th of May 2017.

The Lessons Learnt Workshop had the following objectives:

  • Provide space for Provincial and sub national government staff and key humanitarian partners in the Eastern Highlands to capture key learning at critical steps of the 2015-16 El Niño emergency response.

16 Oct 2017 description

SUMMARY

The El Niño climate event in 2015 and 2016 caused widespread drought and frost in Papua New Guinea (PNG), peaking in late 2015 and breaking in early 2016. With three-quarters of the population reliant on their gardens for food security, only 40% of the population having access to an improved water source and only 19% of the population having access to an improved sanitation facility, the drought impacts were considerable.

13 Oct 2017 description

Port Moresby, 12 October 2017– Western Highlands and Simbu, like other Highlands provinces, are prone to many different hazards including floods, landslides, droughts and frosts.

Communities in these provinces are regularly impacted by floods especially those living along the rivers and the flood plains. Infrastructure including the Highlands Highway is also regularly impacted by landslides and other calamities. In 2015/16, both provinces were affected by El Nino-induced drought and frost, especially people living in high altitude areas.

05 Oct 2017 description

Description: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) mission in the Federated States of Micronesia oversees the offices in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Palau. The IOM mission in the Federated States of Micronesia has created a country strategy for the period 2017–2020 for each country, tailored to fit specific government needs and priorities.

29 Sep 2017 description

UNDP highlights success stories in gender-responsive climate resilience

Women will play an essential role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, protecting our planet’s natural resources, and building a climate-resilient future for generations to come, according to case studies and analysis presented in a new Gender Impact website from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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.