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Bonriki Indundation Vulnerability Assessment (BIVA)

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Bonriki is the largest of many islets in the pacific atoll of Tarawa, the capital of the Republic of Kiribati. Because of the islet's size and geology, it is the location of Tarawa's only international airport as well as the underground reservoir that supplies South Tarawa with the majority of its fresh water. Both of these critical infrastructural resources are potentially threatened by the predicted sea level rise in the region associated with climate change.

The Australian-funded Bonriki Inundation Vulnerability Assessment (BIVA) will provide the Kiribati government and development partners with a better understanding of the short and long term risks as well as a strategy for protecting these resources. The project has been supported by the Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning Program (PACCSAPP) and will develop a 3D model of the island's freshwater lens.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 15:15  

Newsflash

We get ever closer to the end of the year but as we do there are no signs of the DRM activity abating. All our teams in the Disaster Reduction Programme (DRP) here in SOPAC/SPC are knuckling down trying to get as much in before they take a well deserved break over Christmas and New Year.

After a long period we've finally been able to engage again with Nauru on a broader front and in addition to the EU-funded B Envelope Project, are now providing support to strengthen the capacity of the National DRM Office and will in 2012, be working closely with all stakeholders on a Joint National Action Plan for DRM and Climate Change Adaptation.

The Solomon Islands has also decided to develop a Joint DRM and Climate Change Adaptation National Action Plan and so combined with Nauru and Fiji, DRP working with partner organisations will have alot to do in mainstreaming work at least within the first six months of 2012.

Shortly we will also begin preparations for the 2012 Pacific Platform for DRM and as referenced in our last issue, will also commence the process of developing an integrated regional strategy for DRM and Climate Change which is to be ready for consideration by Pacific leaders in 2015.

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Mosese Sikivou
Deputy Director
Disaster Reduction Programme