This guide responds to the emerging needs of many communities in the Pacific Islands whose members are expressing concerns about storm damage, sea-level rise, and the frequency and severity of coastal flooding events and shoreline erosion. For the purpose of the guide, the term “coastal zone” refers to the entire area from the upland forest out to the reef edge. On small low-lying islands and atolls, the entire island would be considered the coastal zone.
The term “coastal change” refers to:
On 26 April 2014, Mr. Andris Piebalgs European Commissioner for Development, Mr. Tererei Aruee, Officer in Charge, Ministry of Line and Phoenix Islands Development, Government of Kiribati, and Mr. George Beck, representing the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), inaugurated the office for the EUR 4.8 million ‘Improving Drinking Water Supply in Kiritimati Island’ project.
Tuvalu developed this Policy as a response to recent water crises, and to ensure together we stand ready for future challenges.
Russell Howorth, Acting Director, South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC)
The following is the text of a message sent from the SOPAC Secretariat to the Fiji National Representative to SOPAC, Bhaskar Rao, Director of Mineral Resources Department, 17th January, 2003
SOPAC Preliminary Report 135
Dr G. G. Shorten, SOPAC
On Thursday 3rd January 2002, a magnitude Mw 7.1 earthquake, the largest recorded so far in the vicinity, struck Port Vila (Figure 1). Although a significant event, it was by no means the largest possible in this setting. Estimates of maximum possible seismicity sit around magnitude 7.8.
Summary: A Japan-US-Vanuatu-SOPAC International Team of scientists is scheduled to survey the recent Vanuatu earthquakes and tsunami mid-December.