The Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific project is dedicated to helping build the resilience to disaster and climate change for communities; governments and countries across the Pacific region..
Many Pacific Island countries are vulnerable to disasters such as cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes and drought but the challenges that many of these countries face from disaster are more detailed. Many of the countries this project works with are already addressing development issues such as poverty while also facing access issues to remote communities and outer islands. In addition, many of these countries rely on subsistence farming and have relatively small economies.
Understanding the impact that disaster has from community level to the highest level of government has helped Vanuatu to learn from the largest cyclone to hit the country in recorded history and direct future efforts to improve disaster risk management. Tropical Cyclone Pam was the most intense in the Southern Hemisphere in 2015 and regardedRead more about Lessons from Cyclone Pam build a more resilient Vanuatu[…]
The deadly tsunami that hit Samoa and killed 143 people in 2009 after an 8.3 magnitude quake struck, led to villages being decimated with cars and people swept out to sea. This devastation and loss of life highlighted the challenges across emergency services in Samoa, especially in terms of coordinating search and rescue operations andRead more about Samoa Success Story[…]
The increased movement of the global economy with goods being shipped around the world and people travelling more frequently increases the bio-security risk that pests post on countries like Kiribati. Fruit flies, yellow crazy ants and the African snail are examples of pests that could impact the country’s biodiversity and economy. International obligations set byRead more about Protecting Kiribati from bio-security outbreaks[…]
Suva, Fiji. October 27, 2016 Suva will have close to five new Early Warning sirens for disasters by 2018. This will be made possible through a new agreement signed between the Pacific Community (SPC), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) at the Holiday Inn today. GIZ has contributed FJD 461,148 to theRead more about Suva to have more early warning sirens for disasters[…]
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