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14 Aug 2015 description

In the framework of the European Union–funded Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP) project, this national assessment brings together existing evidence on the migration, environment and climate change nexus in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

02 Sep 2009 description

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The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies.

06 Aug 2009 description
report Oxfam

The failure of the Pacific Islands Forum to match Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's ambitious rhetoric with meaningful action on climate change will spell further disaster for the Pacific's small island states already suffering the impacts of rising sea levels and more frequent cylones and storms, international aid agency Oxfam Australia said today.

Oxfam Australia spokesperson Kelly Dent, in Cairns during the Pacific Islands Forum, said people in the Pacific had lost an opportunity for crucial support to tackle the escalating effects of climate change.

"The Forum leaders …

04 Aug 2009 description
report Oxfam

Government must listen to Pacific leaders on trade and climate change

Trade negotiations between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Pacific leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in Cairns this week must not plunge Pacific people already hit by the economic crisis, food crisis and climate change further into poverty, says leading international aid agency Oxfam.

With overall growth in the Pacific expected to slow, and falls in tourism, remittances and exports resulting from the global financial crisis likely to hit hard, any new trade arrangements must prioritise development to truly benefit …

27 Jul 2009 description
report Oxfam

New report on climate change impacts in the Pacific highlights need for action now

An Oxfam report published today highlights that Pacific Islanders are already feeling the effects of climate change and need greater support to address the dramatic effects in the region.

The Future is Here: climate change in the Pacific documents how people are facing increasing food and water shortages, dealing with rising cases of malaria, coping with more frequent flooding and storm surges, losing land and being forced from their homes.

07 Jul 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2009 to 30 June 2009.

In brief

Programme summary:

The Pacific regional office works with and supports a total of 12 national societies and two in formation in the region, including Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati Islands, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

In this reporting period, the regional office continues to engage with national societies in the region on disaster management, health and care as well as organizational …

15 May 2009 description

BANGKOK, 15 May 2009 (IRIN) - A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team has concluded a two-week disaster preparedness mission to Papua New Guinea (PNG).

"The mission is important to the government as it will independently review the ongoing efforts of the proposed new arrangement of managing disasters in future," Vini Talai, humanitarian affairs analyst for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told IRIN on 15 May, from Port Moresby, the capital.

The mission included five other provinces: Bougainville, East New Britain, Eastern Highlands, …

30 Apr 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008

In brief


The International Federation's Pacific regional office continues to provide essential support to the region in disaster management, health and care and organizational development.

02 Apr 2009 description

Sam Seke

Landslides and floods have destroyed food gardens and cash crops in the northern Papua New Guinea coastal province of Madang.

Local government member for Almami, Robert Utukai, has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program the damage occurred in the Bogia district, after almost a week of heavy rain.

The livelihood of about 140 families is affected and local infrastructure has been destroyed.

No deaths have been reported and homes have been largely spared in the flooding and landslips, but authorities say the affected communities have lost their source of food and …

10 Mar 2009 description

A child is reportedly missing in the Papua New Guinea highlands following a major landslip that has left up to 1,000 people homeless.

The landslide, in PNG's Enga province, has forced a river to change its course and destroyed an entire village.

It has also cut off access to the Porgera gold mine in the province.

Disaster officials are assessing the damage.

Last week, a similar landslip in the eastern highlands killed seven people.

Authorities are warning heavy rains will continue that could cause more landslips and flooding.

09 Mar 2009 description

Brussels, 9 March 2009 - The Commission has taken a humanitarian decision for €700,000 to provide assistance to communities affected by floods in Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. More than 50,000 people will benefit from this decision. There will be a particular focus on actions to treat and prevent the spread of waterborne diseases.

05 Mar 2009 description


THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES, Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, Having regard to Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid(1) , and in particular Article 2(a) and Article 13 thereof,

05 Mar 2009 description

Firmin Nanol

A major landslip in the Papua New Guinea highlands has killed seven people, and officials say more could be buried under the debris.

Official estimates of the death toll had been revised down from an earlier figure of 14 dead.

The landslide has cut-off the Highlands Highway, which links the region with the coastal ports of the country.

The landslip in the Eastern Highlands province cut off the highlands highway on Monday this week.

A second one in the same area in the early hours of Tuesday morning killed seven people and injured seven others.

Four school …

04 Mar 2009 description

Steve Marshall, PNG correspondent

A major land slip in Papua New Guinea has killed at least 14 people, including seven children.

Heavy rain in the Eastern Highlands caused a hill to give way near a rural bus stop.

An avalanche of mud slammed into the area and completely covered a 15 seater bus parked on the side of the highway.

Seven children have been confirmed among the dead.

Disaster authorities say it's unclear just how many people have been killed because recovery efforts are being hampered local landowners.

They are demanding compensation money from the …

18 Feb 2009 description

More than 700 people in Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands province have been left homeless after a river burst its banks following weeks of heavy rain, local media has reported.

An estimated 25 hectares (62 acres) of land was inundated when the Waghi River flooded early Tuesday morning (local time), swamping vegetable gardens, cash crops and livestock, the National newspaper said.

The country's National Disaster Centre committed $58,000 to the Western Highlands provincial government to help more than 700 displaced villagers in the Dei region, it said.

Community leader …

08 Dec 2008 description

A search by Australian emergency workers for potential survivors caught in a mudslide in Papua New Guinea has been called off.

Search and Rescue workers arrived in PNG yesterday after heavy rain caused a land slip which claimed 10 lives.

The landslip happened on Thursday night near Kainantu in the Eastern Highlands and killed 10 people, including three children.

Five of the victims were Barrick Gold mine employees who were working at the remote exploration sight.

The Australian search and rescue team, including two sniffer dogs, found no signs of life after a …

07 Dec 2008 description

SYDNEY, Dec 7 (Reuters) - An Australian search and rescue team sent to a mining exploration camp in Papua New Guinea hit by a devastating landslide had found no more dead bodies after the initial 10 dead, an Australian government aid official said on Sunday.

All the local people affected by the landslide in Eastern Highlands province in the vicinity of a gold mine had been accounted for, the official, who did not want to be named, told Reuters.

Dozens of people were earlier feared to have been trapped after the landslide struck on Thursday.

The Australia Broadcasting …

06 Dec 2008 description
report Xinhua

CANBERRA, Dec 06, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) - An Australian rescue team flew to Papua New Guinea Saturday afternoon in hopes to find survivors more than two days after a landslide killed ten PNGs at a remote goldmine camp in the eastern part of the country.

Extreme rainfall triggered a landslide on Thursday that killed five mine exploration workers in their rooms and five local villagers who were travelling through the area from a nearby food garden.

Among the Australian task force that flew into PNG was team leader Stephen Smith, two dog handlers, a …

06 Dec 2008 description

Five Australians are flying to Papua New Guinea to help search for about 40 people missing in a landslide at a gold mine in the country's Eastern Highlands.

Nine people have so far been found dead in the landslip that happened on Thursday at the Barrick Gold mine site.

Gary Littlewood from Queensland Fire and Rescue says the PNG government has requested Australia's help.

"The landslip is at a mine - there's a village attached to the mine and it's about 650 kilometres north-west of Port Moresby, it's up in the highlands," he said.

"A liaison …

06 Dec 2008 description

SYDNEY, Dec 6 (Reuters) - As many as 40 people are missing in Papua New Guinea after a landslide hit in the vicinity of a gold mine, the Australia Broadcasting Corp said on Saturday, and an Australian rescue team was on its way to help in the search.

The bodies of 10 dead, including those of three children, had been recovered from the site already, an Australian government official who declined to be identified said.

The Australian rescue team of around five including dog handlers was sent at the request of the PNG government, a spokesman for Emergency Management Australia said by …