The Pacific Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program assists Pacific Island Countries in improving their post-disaster financial response capacity through public financial management and the implementation of market-based sovereign catastrophe risk insurance solutions.
Preparing a broadcaster's climate and disaster resilient plan requires the input of not only broadcasters but also the expertise and collaboration of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). That is exactly what happened last week in Tuvalu, as members of Radio Tuvalu, Tuvalu Media Department and the NDMO, got together to become the third Pacific Island country to develop their National Broadcasters Climate and Disaster Resilient Plan (NBCDRP).
Palau’s work in marine conservation and protected areas is part of building the country’s resilience to climate change and addressing food security said the President of Palau, His Excellency Tommy Remengesau Jr, at a meeting on Palau’s Climate Change Policy Framework (PCCPF).
In this first issue you will find the following articles:
· SPC and UN Women Sign Memorandum of Understanding
· President Manny Moro endorses BSRP committee
· First nation-wide disaster risk management conference for FSM
· Invaluable Puaikura Fire Brigade volunteers now better protected to fight fires
· Palau first to start work on national broadcaster’s climate and disaster resilience plan
· BSRPs Year 1 Achievements in brief
· Upcoming Events
The Republic of the Marshall Islands has ratified an international treaty which enables the country to access a global gene pool of more than 1.6 million plants that belong to the most important food crops.
The Pacific Island nation has become the 132nd Contracting Party to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture through support from the treaty Secretariat, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
The global breeding programme for taro (Colocasia esculenta) and cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) is gathering pace. The International Network for Edible Aroids (INEA) is part of the five-year project Adapting clonally propagated crops to climatic and commercial changes funded by the European Union (EU).
17 November 2014, Noumea Colin Tuikuitonga and François HollandeDespite a dire yet powerful picture painted by Pacific leaders about the emerging climate crisis in the region, a High-level Dialogue on Climate Change between Pacific leaders and the French President has ended with optimism and joint commitment for action.
Thursday 6 November 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea
The multi-dimensional impacts of climate change and the need to put people at the centre of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies were highlighted at the launch of the Pacific Gender and Climate Change Toolkit on the occasion of the 44th Committee of Regional Governments and Administrations (CRGA) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
‘I keep telling my husband we need to hire a security guard,’ jokes Mele Finau as she nods in the direction of her vegetable garden. Sure enough two of her six children have abandoned their mother’s side and have turned their attention to the latest addition to their growing crop - a bunch of green tomatoes.
The European Union, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Government of Kiribati yesterday formalised a 3.3 Million Euro (4.75 Million AUD) partnership that is expected to increase access to safe water and sanitation in 35 villages in Kiribati's Gilbert Islands.
After three days of an intensive training-of-trainers event, teacher trainees from Fulton college, Fiji National University and the University of the South Pacific, were given the opportunity to put what they had learned into practice during a site visit to Korobebe village in Sabeto, Nadi.
On 27 October a regional workshop was held at the Novotel Hotel in Lami, Fiji, with the main objective of providing an update on the progress of a project implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (SPC/FAO) – Strengthening regional support for national forest monitoring systems.
Climate change poses a significant threat to food security in the Pacific region, particularly to small island states, which must rely on their agricultural sectors to maintain adequate food production. In Tuvalu, for example, saltwater inundation has compromised many pulaka (swamp taro) pits and a drought in 2011 affected crop yields severely.
Farmers are at the centre of a new partnership agreement signed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the umbrella organisation representing 19 farmers’ groups across the Pacific – the Pacific Island Farmers’ Organisation (PIFON).
The signing ceremony took place on 24 October 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Suva, where SPC Deputy Director-General Mrs Fekita ‘Utoikamanu said, 'Without the hard work of our farmers, there is no food supply, no food security and it will be difficult to sustain the growth of our communities.'
Climate change directly affects sectors such as water, agriculture and fisheries and as a result human health can be put at risk. For example, increasingly variable rainfall patterns are likely to affect the supply of fresh water, especially in small atoll nations such as Kiribati. A lack of safe drinking water can compromise hygiene and increase the risk of diarrhoeal disease. Diarrhoea and other water borne diseases contribute to high child mortality rates in Kiribati, with 63 out of every 1000 children not reaching their fifth birthday.
Wednesday 15 October 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) – Suva, Fiji UNW-SPCUN Women and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) commemorated International Day of Rural Women with an event that showcased stories from rural women themselves and culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
What is the true cost of a disaster in human and economic terms and, once we know, what can we do to reduce the burden the next time?
Pacific countries should now be able to make more informed warning decisions and take tsunami evacuation and other safety measures. This is the result of new and enhanced advisory products from the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) that have come into effect on October 1st 2014.