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15 Jan 2018 description

Island communities in the Pacific region depend on biodiversity for their livelihoods and well-being.

Biodiversity is a valuable resource. The world benefits from biodiversity and associated local traditional knowledge, so when these are exploited by parties with large financial resources – for example for the manufacture of pharmaceuticals – source countries need to be compensated.

UN Environment and others are working to ensure that benefits from the use of such resources are used to protect environments and the people who rely on them.

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

20 Dec 2017 description
report World Bank

An abundance of scientific climate research and recent events clearly indicate that many Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are vulnerable to natural hazards. The economic impacts of cyclones, droughts and tsunamis show why governments need disaster risk finance and insurance strategies to protect against fiscal shocks.

30 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 29 2017 (IPS) - The 1951 UN convention on political refugees– which never foresaw the phenomenon of climate change– permits refugee status only if one “has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.”

But a proposal for an amendment to that Convention—or an optional protocol — to include a new category of “environmental refugees” has failed to get off the ground.

27 Nov 2017 description

The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company, which was established a year ago, is providing $US45 million dollars in insurance cover for five Pacific Island countries for the coming cyclone season.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

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.

16 Nov 2017 description

Geneva, 16 November 2017 - Vulnerable communities in Africa, 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.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) over 80 percent of the world’s 48 Least Developed Countries and many small island developing States have only a basic early warning system. Weather observation networks are inadequate in many African countries.

10 Nov 2017 description

A meeting of civil society organisations in Fiji last week aimed to ensure that Pacific concerns on climate change are part of a binding UN agreement on migration.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

10 Nov 2017 description

By Giff Johnson

The sobering statistic that the growth of one in three Marshall Islands children is stunted has propelled President Hilda Heine and the Marshall Islands government to launch a major effort to improve early childhood nutrition and health status.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

09 Nov 2017 description

Australia and New Zealand connect with UNDP and Small Island Developing States to build next-generation climate resilience projects

Einstein pointed out that “the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.” When sea-levels rise, resources run thin and politics enters the conversation, however, our comprehension of the universe can become overly complex.

This is especially true when addressing climate change impacts on the world’s Small Island Developing States.

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.

24 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

24th October, 2017 Over 40 delegates from 15 countries convened in Nuku’alofa today for the inaugural Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Workshop, known as the Exercise READY ASSIT, at Tano’a International Dateline Hotel. The three-day event is co-hosted by Australia and Tonga.

30 Sep 2017 description

EDITORIAL

Greetings from Apia,

While a lot of important leaders meetings were taking place in the region in September, there were also a large number of technical meetings convened.
These will all contribute towards the scientific basis of climate change work in the region.

18 Sep 2017 description

18 September 2017, Apia, Samoa – Four countries launched national publications today at the Pacific Environment Forum, detailing the state of the environment and national strategies for environmental management.

The importance of periodic stocktaking exercises for Pacific islands, such as State of Environment (SOE) reports and National Environment Management Strategies (NEMS), was highlighted today during the launching of national environmental planning and monitoring tools at a side event at the Pacific Environment Forum in Apia, Samoa.

08 Sep 2017 description

Delegates from six Pacific countries have reviewed their use of data after disasters at a meeting in Fiji.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

06 Sep 2017 description

Suva, Fiji – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from the Government of India, through the newly established India-UN Development Partnership Fund, have launched the Climate Early Warning Systems in Pacific Island Countries Project. The project aims to enhance the adaptive ability of the Governments of the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and the Kingdom Tonga.

31 Aug 2017 description

EDITORIAL

It has been an interesting and intense month for the Pacific meteorological services, with a series of meetings and training workshops culminating in the 4th Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC) and 2nd Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology. These were held in Honiara,
Solomon Islands, and saw increased interest and participation from Members, partners and international organisations. The Honiara Ministerial Statement is also an important development in terms of policy direction and needs in the region.