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Meteorological Services, a first for the country of Nauru

Meteorological Services, a first for the country of Nauru

16th Feb 2016 The citizens of Nauru will be more protected from disasters such as tsunamis, storm surges and strong winds after the appointment of a new coordinator to help establish a 24/7 Meteorological service, this week. The meteorological service will be part of the newly established National Emergency Service (NES) and will be theRead more about Meteorological Services, a first for the country of Nauru[…]

Pacific Islands Emergency Services strengthened through partnership

Pacific Islands Emergency Services strengthened through partnership

Suva, Fiji – Life saving equipment to support emergency management in the Pacific has been donated by the Queensland Ambulance Service ( QAS), facilitated through the Pacific Community’s (SPC), Pacific Islands Emergency Management Alliance (PIEMA). Fiji is the first of 5 countries to receive the donated equipment valued at AUD 350,000 which included lifesaving devices suchRead more about Pacific Islands Emergency Services strengthened through partnership[…]

Refusing to disappear: How the people of Tukuraki became symbols of a Resilient Pacific

Refusing to disappear: How the people of Tukuraki became symbols of a Resilient Pacific

It has been a difficult five years for the people of Tukuraki. The village has faced three devastating natural disasters and suffered the loss of four of its people.

 

This close-knit community was forced to abandon their village, which had been in existence for generations, due to disaster. But on 26 October, 2017, smiles were found on the faces of Tukuraki’s people as a new village site officially opened. The 15-month relocation project led by the Government of Fiji and supported by the European Union, and Pacific Community, is a perfect example of how building strong and resilient communities in the Pacific makes positive impact on the lives and livelihoods of Pacific people. Read more about Refusing to disappear: How the people of Tukuraki became symbols of a Resilient Pacific

Refusing to disappear: the relocation of a village in Fiji due to climate change and disaster

Refusing to disappear: the relocation of a village in Fiji due to climate change and disaster

The remote village of Tukuraki in the highlands of the Ba Province in Fiji was destroyed more than 5 years ago by a landslide which tragically took the lives of a young family.  More than 80 per cent of the village was decimated and as a result the community were forced to evacuate their traditionalRead more about Refusing to disappear: the relocation of a village in Fiji due to climate change and disaster[…]

Samoa Launches Fire Strategy

Samoa Launches Fire Strategy

Apia, Samoa– The Government of Samoa in partnership with the Pacific Community today launched its Fire Reduction Strategy aimed at reducing the number of fires whilst increasing fire safety and awareness across the country. Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Hon. Fiame Naomi Mataafa officially launched the strategy and explained implementation toRead more about Samoa Launches Fire Strategy[…]

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[…]