Southwest Pacific

Pacific SIDS Commit to Develop an Integrated Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

25 September 2012: The 4th session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management was convened by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in partnership with the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The meeting was held alongside the Pacific Regional Water and Sanitation Consultations (RWSC) from 17-21 September 2012, in Noumea, New Caledonia.

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UNISDR Releases Report on Integrating DRR and Climate Change in Pacific [viewed]

September 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR) has released a study on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CAA) in the Pacific, titled “Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the Pacific: an institutional and policy analysis.” The study analyzes the level of integration of DRR and CCA activities across the region.

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SPREP Launches Pacific Climate Change Portal [viewed]

SPREP10 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched the Pacific Climate Change Portal, an online hub of information on climate change in the Pacific region.

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UNESCO Reports on New Model for Estimating Coastline Erosion from Sea Level Rise [viewed]

UNESCO10 September 2012: The Institute for Water Education of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHE) has highlighted recent findings that coastline erosion resulting from rising sea levels is much greater than previously estimated. Researchers from UNESCO-IHE, the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Deltares Institute found that the previously used model, known as the Bruun effect, did not consider erosion in inlet areas, such as river mouths and estuaries.

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Climate Finance Investment Facility Calls for Proposals from Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

5 September 2012: The Climate Finance Innovation Facility (CFIF), managed by the Frankfurt School – UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance, has launched its third Call for Proposals. CFIF invites applications from financial institutions based in Asia-Pacific developing countries, to be submitted by 30 September 2012.

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Bhutan, UNDP-UNEP Hold Workshops on Green and Inclusive Development in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

9 August 2012: Bhutan hosted participants from eight Asia-Pacific countries in two high-level workshops addressing green and inclusive economics and development. In the keynote address, Bhutan's Minister of Labor and Human Resources, Lyonpo Dorji Wangdi, highlighted environmental resources as a critical asset for economic development and poverty reduction in developing countries.

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SPC Convenes Training on Monitoring Adaptation of Coastal Fisheries [viewed]

SPC6 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in collaboration with the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), hosted a training course on monitoring adaptation of coastal fisheries to climate change during the first week of September, in Noumea, New Caledonia. The course was a component of the Australian Government-funded “Monitoring the vulnerability and adaptation of coastal fisheries to climate change” project.

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Asia/Pacific CDM Regional Workshop Focuses on Standardized Baselines, PoA [viewed]

20 July 2012: The Third Workshop on Enhancing the Regional Distribution of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects in Asia and the Pacific focused on the issues of standardized baselines and the CDM Programme of Activities (PoA), with the aim of promoting more CDM projects in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), small island developing States (SIDS) and countries hosting fewer than ten registered projects.

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Event: Pacific Regional Climate Change and Health Symposium [viewed]

Organized by the University of Fiji, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Fiji Ministry of Health, this meeting will provide international climate change and health experts the opportunity to exchange information and ideas and discuss adaptation strategies. The meeting's theme is "Improving health through adaptation – strengthening health systems to protect Pacific Island communities from the health impacts of climate change".  

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43rd Pacific Islands Forum Develops Leaders Communique [viewed]

PIFS30 August 2012: The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum convened in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, from 28-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Large Oceans Island States – the Pacific Challenge.” Issues discussed at the meeting included the outcomes of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Oceanscape initiative, climate change, and radioactive contaminants in the Marshall Islands. The 43rd PIF Communique includes the key commitments of Pacific Leaders.

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