First Annoucement: 2014 Pacific Platform For Disaster Risk Management & 20th Regional Disaster Managers Meeting
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 13:17
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) are pleased to announce the 2014 meeting of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management which will be held from 2nd – 4th June 2014 at the Novotel Hotel in Suva, Fiji. The Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management is the annual opportunity for Pacific island countries and territories, development partners and donors, civil society, private sector as well as other stakeholders to share experiences and knowledge in building the resilience of their communities to disasters. In addition, the SPC will also convene the 20th Regional Disaster Managers Meeting also at the Novotel Hotel from 5th – 6th June 2014.
In 2011, the Pacific islands region agreed to develop a Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP) by 2015 to succeed the Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action 2005 – 2015 and Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006 – 2015. The new strategy will provide a new approach on how to efficiently address DRM and Climate Change within the context of risk resilient development. The process of developing this new strategy has become known as the ‘Roadmap’.
Improving Drinking Water on Kiritimati Island
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 09:52
The Water and Sanitation Programme has commenced implementation of the “Improving Drinking Water Supply for Kiritimati Island” project. The objective of the project is to improve livelihoods and secure safe and sustainable drinking water with the focus on infrastructural upgrade of the reticulated supply to the two main communities of London and Tennessee. The project is funded by the European Union with a budget of €4.8 million to be implemented over a four year period.
The Contribution Agreement between the EU and SPC was signed in January 2014 with the Project Coordinator, George Beck, now based in Kiritimati Island. The project will be working closely with the Ministry of Line and Phoenix Islands Development (MLPD), Government of Kiribati, including other key stakeholders to improve the supply of drinking water to the two main communities on Kiritimati Island.
The first task will involve rehabilitating the existing reticulated infrastructure to improve the flow of water and collect data so as to better understand the status of the groundwater lenses. The project will also focus on building capacity at MLPD and undertake awareness in promoting good management and conservation practices.
Out Of Darkness - A Deep Sea Minerals Project Documentary
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 February 2014 12:36
"Out of Darkness" documentary focuses on environmental impacts of deep sea mining.
Following the success of its first documentary "Under Pressure", the SPC-EU Deep Sea Minerals project has now produced a second 25-minute film that focuses on the potential environmental issues related to the extraction of deep sea mineral resources.
This new film, titled “Out of Darkness”, includes some spectacular underwater footage and interviews with leading scientists such as Dr Malcolm Clarke from NIWA, Dr Jim Hein from the US Geological Survey and Dr Ray Binns from CSIRO.
The film can be viewed on the Deep Sea Minerals Project website and free copies of the DVD can be obtained by emailing:
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Mapping Pacific Maritime Boundaries
Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 12:42
This year Kiribati, one of the least developed countries in the world, finalised maritime boundaries with the United States of America.
The successful outcome, in September, was the result of the work that the Pacific Island country, along with 12 others, undertook at the Maritime Boundaries and Ocean Governance working sessions at the University of Sydney.
The latest session is currently underway at the University and ends on 6 December.
"Technical and legal personnel from thesePacific Islandcountries have been coming to the University of Sydney for the last six years to secure rights to their marine spaces," said Professor Elaine Baker from the University's School of Geosciences, which hosts the meetings.
"Global interest in marine resources, including fisheries and seabed minerals, and the threat of climate change and sea level rise, has spurred Pacific Island countries to settle their maritime boundaries."
The Cook Islands, for example, has valuable deposits of seabed minerals, many of which are essential to new technologies such as renewable energy and communications equipment. In order for the Cook Islands to capitalise on these resources, they require sound governance frameworks and jurisdictional boundaries.
Feedback: Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:48
The Pacific Region is in the process of preparing a Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP). The SRDP is at the forefront of the region's efforts to take a lead role globally in addressing climate change and disaster risk management in a more integrated manner.
WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK! A global consultation process is now underway and will close on the 3rd of March 2014. Please join this consultation to provide your comments and insights – we welcome feedback from everyone and you can provide as much or as little detail as you wish.
Visit www.pacificdisaster.net/srdp now to read a draft of the SRDP and provide your insights.
Prospect Issue 3 January 2014 - Deep Sea Minerals Project Newsletter
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 February 2014 12:38
The third issue of The Prospect is pleased to bring you news and developments from the SPC-EU Pacific Deep Sea Minerals Project and its participating member countries.
In This Issue:
- Nadi Workshop Focuses on Environmental Management of Deep Sea Minerals
- Launch of the SPC-UNEP/GRID-Arendal Pacific Marine Minerals Assessment Report
- Q&A with Cindy Van Dover – Deep Sea Biologist
- Deep Sea Minerals feature in Pacific Plan Review Report
- SOPAC Annual Meeting calls for Forum Leaders to Address Deep Sea Minerals as High Regional Priority Cook Islands Enters New International Seabed Minerals Arrangement in Cooperation with GSR of Belgium
- Winner of the Cook Islands Youth Debate Meets EU Ambassador
- New documentary focuses on environmental impacts of deep sea mining
- Staff Profile of the project's new Environment Advisor, Alison Swaddli
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SOPAC Newsletter July - December 2013
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 February 2014 12:35
Resilience: Response, Recovery and Ethinicity In Post-Disaster Processes
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 10:23
On 2 April, 2007 the Solomon Islands were hit by an 8.1 Magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The tsunami, in particular, wrought extensive damage amongst communities inhabiting the western part of the country, and was responsible for 50 of the 52 casualties. Ghizo Island was one of the islands hit the hardest. The Gilbertese ethnic minority living on Ghizo suffered from the disastrous impacts of the hazards; a disproportionally high number of Gilbertese people died and those who survived faced large difficulties in trying to cope with the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. One of the main findings of research carried out on Ghizo in 2011, 2012, and 2013 was that, as a result of learning from these experiences, the Gilbertese survivors made changes in their socio-cultural fabric to make themselves more resilient to future disasters.
This paper presents an account of how differences in ethnic communities’ responses to hazards faced shaped differences in their trajectories of recovery. To aid the understanding of the findings presented, the context of research and methodology used are briefly described below. It is followed by an account of the differences in responses between the Melanesian ethnic majority and the Gilbertese ethnic minority, and the implications these differences had for the longer-term socio-cultural recovery of the Gilbertese survivors. The final section presents the conclusion along with recommendations for research and developing effective disaster risk reduction strategies.
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