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Lessons from Cyclone Pam build a more resilient Vanuatu

Lessons from Cyclone Pam build a more resilient Vanuatu

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[…]

Protecting Kiribati from bio-security outbreaks

Protecting Kiribati from bio-security outbreaks

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[…]

Disaster response making a real difference for the future

Disaster response making a real difference for the future

It has been just over a year since Cyclone Pam, the largest cyclone to hit Vanuatu, caused devastation to the country and its National Disaster Management Office is now dealing with another natural disaster caused by the dry weather conditions and El Nino weather pattern that has been plaguing the Pacific region. Director of NDMO,Read more about Disaster response making a real difference for the future[…]

Innovation for emergency services: a first for the Pacific region

Innovation for emergency services: a first for the Pacific region

A ground-breaking way to address how Pacific Island countries prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters was launched by the European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, His Excellency, Andrew Jacobs, and the Premier of Niue, the Hon Toke Talagi in November. Niue is the first Pacific Island country to commit to the Strategic RoadmapRead more about Innovation for emergency services: a first for the Pacific region[…]

Tuvalu learns from Tropical Cyclone Pam for the future

Tuvalu learns from Tropical Cyclone Pam for the future

Tropical Cyclone Pam devastated areas of Tuvalu as its winds ripped through the island nation in March. The impact on the island communities was considerable and recovery and rehabilitation continues especially in areas that were severely impacts. 45% of the population was displaced during the disaster with 90% of agriculture being decimated on the islandRead more about Tuvalu learns from Tropical Cyclone Pam for the future[…]

Strengthening Emergency Management across the Pacific

Strengthening Emergency Management across the Pacific

The impact of disasters on the Pacific Island region has been a reality for many in 2015 but dedicated work to help increase the way we deal with disaster has also strengthened coordination of emergency response agencies, this year. The Pacific Islands Emergency Management Alliance (PIEMA), formed in 2014, has achieved innovative and ground breakingRead more about Strengthening Emergency Management across the Pacific[…]