On Friday morning, Colin Tukuitonga, Director-general of the Pacific Community (SPC), handed 705,840 Pacific Francs, collected from all SPC staff in New Caledonia and Fiji, over to the French Red Cross.
The funds will contribute to the reconstruction efforts of countries recently hit by natural disasters in the region (Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Tonga). The funds were handed over to Michel Rigot, President of the French Red Cross in New Caledonia. They will be equally shared between the Red Cross societies of impacted countries.
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:
Thousands of Solomon Islanders are still suffering the effects of the severe floods that struck in early April, resulting in loss of life and destroying homes and crops. The Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office is helping families to clean up and replant while they continue to receive food supplies from the Government and various agencies. These arrangements will remain in place until families are able to harvest their first crops.
Participants in the Youth@Work initiative in Solomon Islands are assisting with disaster relief following the recent flooding in Honiara and around Guadalcanal.
Organised in community groups and focusing on the hardest hit areas, young people are cleaning up, fixing water supplies and providing community service to help recover from what is being called the worst disaster in the country’s recent history.
Staff of SPC's Solomon Islands Country Office were saddened to witness the human tragedy of the recent floods. The loss of life when the Mataniko and other rivers burst their banks and the old Mataniko bridge collapsed highlighted the plight of poor squatters with little choice but to occupy land that regularly floods.