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30 May 2018 description

The Regional Food Security Atlas of the Pacific is a joint publication by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the World Food Programme(WFP).

The 2018 Atlas provides a spatial overview of the core issues that affect food security across the Pacific Island Countries (PICs). Divided into nine topical sections, the Atlas provides the reader with information and knowledge on the causes and outcomes of food security and nutrition in the region.

18 May 2018 description
report Pacific Community

Over 400 school students at the Arya Kanya Pathshala School in Ba, in Fiji’s Western division, will now benefit from a new ablution block which includes new toilets, hand washing and shower facilities, following its opening in Ba today.

The ablution block has been constructed through the European Union (EU) funded Micro Projects Programme (MPP), implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC). The facilities were opened by the Deputy Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Sakeasi Waikere.

15 Apr 2018 description

As part of an ongoing effort to promote disability-inclusive humanitarian action in Pacific countries, this policy brief identifies priority actions for disaster readiness, response and recovery. It has been prepared through a collaborative approach and should be a key reference in the future, promoting coordination across all levels and stages of the humanitarian cycle in the Region.

Promoting inclusion in Pacific humanitarian action

04 Apr 2018 description

This final report marks the conclusion of the Tropical Cyclone Winston Emergency Appeal operation that spanned a 19-month period from 22 February 2016 to 30 September 2017. The Fiji Red Cross Society, with IFRC support, reached 77,000 people in the areas of health and care; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; shelter and settlements (and household items); shelter recovery; restoring family links; National Society capacity building and quality programming.

26 Mar 2018 description

"Fijians are very happy people. They brush things away. But with this one, it was very hard to pick up again"

by Laurie Goering | @lauriegoering | Thomson Reuters Foundation Monday, 26 March 2018 00:30 GMT

SUVA, March 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The first wave that slammed into the beach-front community of Nasau, on Fiji's Koro island, swept away every home in view.

12 Feb 2018 description
infographic Logistics Cluster

The Pacific Unsolicited Bilateral Donations (UBD) project is the first regionally coordinated approach aimed at reducing the number of UBD arrivals during humanitarian and disaster response.

12 Jan 2018 description

KEY FACTS & FIGURES

Establishment of Pacific Shelter Cluster: 2012, Fiji: 2012, Solomon Islands: 2014, Vanuatu: 2014, Tonga, Samoa, Marshall Islands: in process Recent activations: Feb 2016 TC Winston in Fiji, March 2015 TC Pam in Vanuatu.

Recent national responses with regional support and number of people reached with emergency shelter:

Dec 2016
Makira EQ/tsunami in Solomon Islands 5,004

May 2017
TC Donna in Vanuatu 2,564

02 Jan 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Pascal Laureyn

This article is part of a series about the activists and communities of the Pacific and small island states who are responding to the effects of climate change. Leaders from climate and social justice movements from around the world met in Suva, Fiji from 4-8 December for International Civil Society Week.

28 Dec 2017 description

Disasters can present an opportunity for countries not only to rebuild infrastructure, but also to tackle gender inequality

By Lin Taylor

SUVA, Fiji, Dec 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Cyclone Winston pummelled through Fiji last year, the largest storm recorded in the southern hemisphere, Sofia Talei's taro and cassava crops were destroyed, leaving her livelihood as a farmer uncertain.

"I was so desperate. All the effort we put into it was destroyed after a few hours," Talei, 33, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

08 Dec 2017 description
report World Bank

SUBMITTED BY KATHERINE BAKER ON WED, 12/06/2017

People read about climate change every day and we are all familiar with it as a concept. While we understand that steps need to be taken to address the risks; its impact often feels harder to imagine. We assume that the impacts are something we will experience in the future.

16 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu

Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu is UN High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

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

by Laurie Goering | @lauriegoering | Thomson Reuters Foundation

"We want movement in a controlled way, rather than in a panic" says director-general of Fiji Red Cross

BONN, Germany, Nov 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Cyclone Winston smashed into Fiji last year, killing 44 people and destroying more than a dozen villages, people who found themselves without homes got on boats.

15 Nov 2017 description

13 November, 2017, Bonn, Germany – Islands are experiencing an increase in the intensity of tropical cyclones, and this will become the new normal.

This was the key message during yesterday’s joint side event between Climate Analytics, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), held during the Twenty-third United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) in Bonn, Germany this week, 6-17 November, 2017.

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?

10 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank

Fiji is an island nation with ambitious development goals. Its 5- and 20-year National Development Plan aims to more than double the real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita by 2036 and to provide universal access to all services. However, Fiji faces major threats from natural disasters and climate change that threaten the objectives of the country’s Development Plan. By 2050, climate change could increase the cost of cyclones and floods to 6.5% of GDP, and push 32,400 people into poverty per year.

10 Nov 2017 description
report Germanwatch

Climate Risk Index shows vulnerability of small island states

Increased intensity of storms takes a toll on small island states and poor countries / Since 1997, over 520,000 people have been killed by more than 11,000 extreme weather events