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05 Dec 2017 description

In the face of climate change, the world continues to witness frequent and large-scale disasters. In the rst half of 2017 alone, 149 natural disasters occurred in 73 countries resulting in 3,162 deaths, affecting 80 million people and resulting in the estimated loss of US$32.4 billion.

21 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank

SUBMITTED BY MICHAEL BONTE-GRAPENTIN ON MON, 11/20/2017 CO-AUTHORS: PATRICK MEIER, KEIKO SAITO

For many Pacific Island countries, natural disasters such as cyclones and tsunamis, are an all-too common occurrence. Out of the top 15 most at-risk countries for natural disasters globally, four are Pacific Island countries, and Vanuatu is consistently at the top.

16 Nov 2017 description

Early results of Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems initiative presented at climate change conference

Vulnerable communities in Africa and the Pacific and Caribbean are now benefiting from improved early warning systems against extreme weather as part of an international drive to boost resilience and climate change adaptation. But further investments are needed to reduce the risks from hazards like tropical cyclones, floods and drought.

15 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Resilient Transport Vital to Curb Disaster Losses in Small Island Developing States

Improved policies alone could reduce the impact of natural disasters on well-being by 13 to 25% in small island countries

14 Nov 2017 description
report IRIN

After learning hard lessons, Pacific Island states are exerting greater control when disasters strike. But is the aid sector prepared to change?

08 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

SUVA, Fiji, Nov 8 2017 (IPS) - In the Pacific, climate change is an ever-present threat, undermining human rights, livelihoods, and security. Pacific Islanders are working with courage and resolve to build the resilience of their communities and to catalyse international actions towards ending global carbon pollution.

05 Nov 2017 description
report Logistics Cluster

When a disaster strikes, people everywhere are keen to assist, but the wrong donation at the wrong time can actually hinder instead of help relief efforts.

01 Nov 2017 description
report Save the Children

Introduction

Over the past decades in the Pacific, schools have been used by students, families and internally displaced people as unplanned and sometimes long-term shelters during disasters, by students, families and internally displaced people. They have also been occupied by fighting forces during conflict.

These conditions have disrupted education, caused damage to educational facilities and equipment, and put children at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. This has given rise to calls from policy makers and field practitioners for guidance.

11 Oct 2017 description

Vanuatu and Fiji are experiencing climate-induced disasters that are continuously increasing in both scale and frequency. Both nations have been struck by a number of disastrous cyclones over the past three years – most notably Cyclone Pam, which struck Vanuatu in 2015 and Cyclone Winston, which struck Fiji in 2016.

In response, ActionAid is supporting women in Fiji and Vanuatu to lead community efforts to strengthen their resilience to increasing disasters.

18 Sep 2017 description

Port Vila, 15 September 2017: Today, about 2500 people in Erromango will access safer and more secure water supplies, thanks to the Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources and its partners, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and CARE, officially handing over repaired and improved water and sanitation infrastructure to communities across Erromango.

15 Sep 2017 description

Hundreds of people on Erromango in Vanuatu now have access to safer and more secure water supplies.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

10 Aug 2017 description

PORT VILA, VANUATU (10 August 2017) — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors is providing $8.2 million in total additional financing to continue the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and climate-proofing of roads affected by Cyclone Pam.

The additional funding consists of a $4.1 million loan and a $4.1 million grant from ADB’s Ordinary Capital Resources and the Asian Development Fund, respectively. The Government of Vanuatu is also contributing $1.2 million in the project.

27 Jul 2017 description
report CARE

Since the year 2000, disasters have been responsible for the loss of one million lives.

As one of the world’s largest humanitarian aid organisations, CARE is one of the first to respond and the last to leave when disaster strikes. But there’s also a lot of work that we do preparing communities for disaster, to reduce their impact.

03 Jul 2017 description

FOREWORD

The year 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Global Shelter Cluster, the inter-agency coordination mechanism for shelter response. During these ten years, coordination has improved in consistency, shelter responses have grown in scale, and there are more people with experience in shelter programming, but people continue to lose their dwellings and be displaced due to conflict and natural disasters. Global humanitarian shelter needs continue to greatly exceed the capacity and resources to respond.

30 Jun 2017 description

Activities implemented:

  • Renovated and restocked three community nurseries in Nui, Nanumanga and Nukulaelae with planting materials.

  • Supplied the main government nursery in Funafuti with improved varieties of planting materials imported from SPC’s Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees.

  • Prepared nursery management training materials.

  • Trained DoA officers, casual workers and kapule community members on nursery management and plant propagation.

20 Jun 2017 description
report Pacific Community

Twenty two Ni-Vanuatu health workers are undertaking another week-long training module on epidemiology in Port-Vila this week (19-24 June).

This is the third of five training modules of the Postgraduate Certificate in Field Epidemiology (PGCFE) programme implemented in Vanuatu by the Pacific Community (SPC).

Epidemiology is a fundamental science of public health that studies the patterns, causes and effects of health conditions in populations.

13 Jun 2017 description

When disaster strikes, Vanuatu businesses can provide, store and distribute relief supplies through a single procurement system.

When Tropical Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in 2015, it was one of the worst disasters to ever hit the Pacific region. The Category 5 Cyclone left 75,000 people in need of emergency shelter.

One year later Cyclone Winston slammed into Fiji. Its 225mph winds demolished structures all across the main island. Another Category 5 cyclone, Winston left 44 people dead and was the strongest on record to make landfall anywhere in the world.

17 May 2017 description

This is the first consolidated presentation of the reported results of CERF funding, covering a full year of CERF allocations. As such, it serves as a pilot and will inform future CERF results reporting. This report was compiled on the basis of information provided by Resident Coordinators/Humanitarian Coordinators (RC/ HCs) and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) in 66 consolidated reports covering the results of more than 450 CERF-funded projects.

11 May 2017 description

By Corinne Ambler/IFRC

Lessons learned during Cyclone Pam two years ago have ensured Vanuatu Red Cross’ preparations and response to the latest large cyclone to hit the island nation have gone smoothly.

Tropical Cyclone Donna swept across the top of Vanuatu last week as a Category 4 storm, increasing to Category 5 as it tracked south between Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Despite widespread damage in the tiny Torres islands, there were no fatalities and only one injury has been reported – a woman from Mere Lava island in the banks group who injured her eye.