The Government of Kiribati’s ‘whole-of-island’ team has returned to Abaiang atoll to present the findings of an integrated vulnerability assessment that they carried out there in September this year. From the perspective of climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, the assessment considered the strengths and vulnerabilities of many sectors on the atoll – water, fisheries, agriculture, education, health and energy – as well as gender and governance.
Dengue fever :
Lesser Dengue cases have been confirmed in 2013 compared to the previous year for the same period. Positivity rates for Dengue this year is 42% out of all test requested. The western health division alone submitted over 900 samples for testing.
Pacific Gender and Climate Change Toolkits have been launched and are now available for use as part of a four week review.
The two toolkits are designed to help incorporate a gender perspective in development projects that focus on climate change and renewable energy in the Pacific.
Pacific Island communities are already dealing with climate change-related risks and challenges at the community and national level. Very few of the actions designed to manage these risks but few actively integrate gender.
The new Western Province Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) was officially opened at Gizo on Friday 18 October 2013. Construction of the new EOC was made possible through funding from the European Union under the Disaster Risk Reduction Project (B-Envelope) implemented by the Applied Geoscience & Technology Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) based in Fiji.
A Gender and Climate Change side event was held at the 12th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women in Rarotonga to launch two new toolkits designed to help incorporate a gender perspective into development projects focusing on climate change and energy in the Pacific.
Kiribati is leading what appears to be a world-first effort to implement a ‘whole-of-island’ approach to climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in a coral atoll nation.
The island of Abaiang, north of the capital island of Tarawa, was identified by the Government of Kiribati as a pilot site where community resilience to climate change and natural hazards will be addressed in an integrated fashion across all sectors of social and economic life.
Thursday 19 September 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji
This Sunday, 22 September at 18.30pm, Fiji TV's 'Close Up' will screen 'Lifuka Island - The Coastline of a Future Pacific', a documentary that explores this small community's struggle to adapt to a rapidly changing coastline. Lifuka's story also provides important lessons for all small, vulnerable coastal communities throughout the Pacific region that are concerned about the impacts of sea level rise.
Fifty-nine staff members of the Secretariat of the Pacific (SPC) staff have completed disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change training in recent months.
Half-day training sessions were held in Suva (Fiji), Honiara (Solomon Islands), Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia) and Noumea (New Caledonia), designed to build staff capacity in areas related to climate change and disaster risk management. It is part of a programme of action to mainstream these issues across all of the divisions of SPC.
Niue’s domestic water supply will receive a boost in capacity with the supply of 5,000-litre water tanks to 214 households. The tanks will increase community resilience to climate variability and change, including periodic drought, and provide access to safe drinking water when the central supply is disrupted by extreme weather conditions.
The project is part of the regional Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States (GCCA: PSIS) initiative, which is funded by the European Union (EU) and executed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
At the occasion of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), European Union Commissioner for Climate Action Mrs Connie Hedegaard and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Director General Dr. Jimmie Rodgers and the Secretary General of the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, Mr Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, have signed the "ACP-EU Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific" programme.
Tonga will begin trialling coastal protection methods to arrest beach erosion and buy more time for communities living near the coast to adapt to climate change. The project in eastern Tongatapu, the main island of Tonga, will focus on six low-lying communities identified as vulnerable to the progressive effects of coastal erosion and sea level rise. The mixed ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ coastal engineering techniques and the results of the project will be used to inform the preparation of a wider coastal management plan for Tongatapu.
Wednesday 21 August 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji
Water sector infrastructure in Palau will receive a significant boost thanks to the regional Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States (GCCA: PSIS) project, which is funded by the European Union (EU) and executed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
Wednesday 24 July 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia
The pathogen causing the diarrhoea outbreak currently affecting Kiribati has been identified by Mataika House Laboratory in Fiji yesterday. It is a rotavirus.
Sixteen people from the community of Koroiyaca in Fiji were specially selected by their village to take part in disaster risk reduction training provided by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) together with Act for Peace (AfP) and the Ba Provincial Council. Koroiyaca is located in the lower catchment of Sabeto, Nadi, and sits in a flood plain so is vulnerable to flooding, cyclones and other natural disasters.
Thursday 11 July 2012, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Nadi, Fiji
To successfully deliver clear, accurate, and relevant climate preparedness messages to the ‘last mile,’ Pacific Island governments and development agencies need to employ communications tools and strategies designed for Pacific audiences. This is a recurring theme emerging from discussions at the Joint Meeting of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable underway in Nadi.
The Roadmap outlines a process to facilitate the development of an integrated strategy for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Climate Change (CC) for the Pacific islands region by 2015. The new integrated strategy will succeed the existing Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action 2005 – 2015 (RFA) and the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006 – 2015 (PIFACC).