Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale will join community leaders from Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands on Monday at an emergency meeting on the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior to develop an action plan following the devastation of Cyclone Pam.
Representatives from the Philippines, including former Philippines climate change commissioner Naderev Yeb Saño, will also join the workshop to share their experiences of super typhoons Haiyan and Hagupit that devastated the cities of Tacloban and Dolores in 2013 and 2014.
Tropical Cyclone Pam slammed Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, on Friday 13 March 2015, with Category V strength – the highest level rating for a severe tropical cyclone. The eye of the cyclone passed 25 km south-west of Tanna, Vanuatu’s southernmost province, with winds reaching an estimated speed of 250 kph. The Government of Vanuatu has issued a formal appeal for international assistance.
Australia is assisting Pacific nations better prepare for natural disasters and extreme weather, with a focus on building resilience throughout the region to the impacts of climate change.
Australia’s funding includes:
$32 million over the next four years to support 14 Pacific countries to use local weather, climate and sea level data to plan for unusual and extreme weather
$16 million over the next four years to help Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga build their resilience to natural disasters