By Yusuke Taishi, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, UNDP, Bangkok Regional Hub
In an era of smartphones and social networks, connecting with family and friends has become an integral part of everyday life for many people. Here in Bangkok, I know when my old classmates have had a reunion on a Friday night in Washington, D.C. — or more importantly, when my friends report themselves as safe on Facebook after an earthquake in Nepal or a typhoon in the Philippines.
This week fifteen health workers from Tuvalu began the first of five modules for the Postgraduate Certificate in Field Epidemiology (PGCFE), a capacity development programme delivered by the Pacific Community (SPC) together with partners from the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN), including the World Health Organization and Hunter New England Local Health District in Australia.
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.
Funafuti, Tuvalu – The Prime Minister of Tuvalu along with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have today officially launched the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (TCAP) marking the start of an ambitious, large-scale push to protect the Pacific island nation from climate change.
The Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project, set to run for seven years, is financed with US$36 million from the Green Climate Fund and $2.9 million from the Government of Tuvalu.
July 2017, Suva – UNDP-supported, Green Climate Fund (GCF) financed project will benefit one in three people in one of the world’s most vulnerable Small Island Developing States
With an average elevation of only 1.83 meters, Tuvalu is distinctly vulnerable to rising sea levels and intensifying tropical storms exacerbated by climate change.
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.
Honourable Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sosene Sopoanga
Representatives of the Government of Fiji
Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Talofa and Bula Vinaka, ladies and gentlemen!
It is a pleasure and an honour for me to be here and to deliver a few remarks.
Funafuti, Tuvalu - Tuvalu can now boast of housing a state-of-the-art Tide Gauge facility which will provide high quality sea level, climate and geodetic information that will assist with better planning and preparedness.
This new tide gauge was officially opened today by the Tuvalu Minister for Communication & Transport, Hon. Monise Laafai with support from the Australian Government and the Pacific Community (SPC).
By Andrew McElroy
CANCUN, 23 May 2017 – Living on an island in the middle of the ocean with no internet, television or mobile phones is a real-life disaster risk nightmare for one Pacific nation.
Yet, the prospect of reaching the last mile – a phrase with true meaning in this part of the world – has inspired the tiny band of disaster risk reduction policymakers and practitioners of Tuvalu to establish an early warning system to protect some of the world’s most isolated communities.
By Eleala Avanitele, Tuvalu Red Cross
Some of the most vulnerable households in Tuvalu are now better prepared for cyclones, droughts and other disasters thanks to a resilience pilot project run by Tuvalu Red Cross and its partners.
The Finnish-Pacific (FINPAC) project was funded by the Government of Finland and coordinated through the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
A United Nations Development Programme-commissioned project to build a 500-metre-long seawall is underway on the Tuvalu atoll of Nukufetau.
Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International
Funafuti, Tuvalu: Coastal fishery stocks have sustained island communities for generations in Tuvalu but is under increasing pressure due to the impacts of climate change and unsustainable fishing practices.
An assessment conducted by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Tuvalu Department of Fishery in 2013, found that important fish species and sea cucumbers in Funafuti waters had decreased. About 83% of respondents claimed they felt their catches had decreased compared to five years ago and 67% of respondents claimed sizes of fish had decrease compared to five years ago.
The Pacific Community is working with the Government of Tuvalu this week to formulate the country’s first national action plan for human rights which brings together Tuvalu’s existing commitments under the Universal Periodic Review, ratified Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and provides a timeframe for action across these human rights issues.
A new early warning system to be introduced in Tuvalu next month aims to help outlying communities better prepare for natural disasters.
The US made Chatty Beetle technology is able to send and receive short data messages to the internet over the Iridium satellite network anywhere in the World.
Read the full story here.
Residents in the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu are cleaning up after gale-force winds and pounding rain uprooted trees, ripped off roofs and reportedly left about 40 homes damaged.
Elsewhere in the South Pacific, other countries are facing extreme weather with the development of category one Cyclone Ula, located on Thursday morning (local time) north of Samoa and moving south-westerly.
Another low pressure system in the North Pacific near Marshall Islands is also threatening to intensify.
As Tuvalu recovers from extensive damage caused by gale-force winds, national disaster managers are preparing for a possible cyclone.
All islands in the group were pounded on Monday and Tuesday by strong gusts of wind up to 100 kilometres per hour, with roofs blown off houses and many trees uprooted.
Read the full report here.
Niue has given aid to Tuvalu to help its recovery from Cyclone Pam.
Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International
World Bank Board approves US$3 million grant for long-term recovery efforts
WASHINGTON D.C., September 15, 2015—Six months after Cyclone Pam hit the Pacific, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved an additional US$3 million grant to support Tuvalu’s medium-term recovery efforts.
The leader of Tuvalu says his country is having to consider buying land in New Zealand and Australia to grow food and prepare the population to migrate as the seas slowly claim the islands.
UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper
Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance