Southwest Pacific

Adaptation Fund Board Publishes Report of 16th Meeting [viewed]

Adaptation Fund3 February 2012: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has released the approved report of its 16th meeting, which was held from 13-14 December 2011, alongside the seventh meeting of the Project and Programme Review Committee (PPRC), the Ethics and Finance Committee (EFC) and a civil society dialogue. At the meeting, the AFB approved project proposals in Uruguay, Cook Islands, Georgia, Madagascar, Samoa and Tanzania.

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UN/ISDR Highlights Fiji's State of Disaster as a Result of Floods [viewed]

3 February 2011: According to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), a 15-day state of disaster has been declared in areas on the west coast of Fiji, which have been ravaged by floods and landslides. The state of disaster applies to Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Nadroga, Ra, and Tavua, and continued heavy rains are predicted. Nadi and Ba are participating in UN/ISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

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SPREP Completes Second PACC Training on Cost-Benefit Analysis [viewed]

2 February 2012: The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, under the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), has completed the second training on Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) of PACC projects. Held in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the training considered climate change projections and risks in project planning.

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REEEP to Co-Finance Rollout of Tonga Energy Roadmap [viewed]

17 January 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has signed an agreement with  Tonga's Minister of Lands, Survey, Natural Resources, Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lord Ma'afu, to provide funds to enable the Tonga Energy Roadmap (TERM) to be developed according to plan.

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UNESCO Highlights Climate Change Threats to Cultural Property in Kiribati [viewed]

UNESCO21 January 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on the threats posed by climate change to the cultural property of Kiribati.

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IOC UNESCO Reports on Vessel Taking Part in GOOS Project [viewed]

UNESCO13 January 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on the return of the schooner Lady Amber in Perth, Australia, on 4 January 2012. The vessel has been launching drifting robots as part of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), a project supported by UNESCO IOC.

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SPREP Issues First Fact Sheet on Building MEA Capacity in PICs [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)January 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has issued the first fact sheet in a series titled "Building MEA Capacity for Pacific Island Countries." The document is part of an EU project on “Capacity Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries”.

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UNDP Calls for "Energy Plus" Approach to Reduce Poverty in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

19 January 2012: A report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) calls for an “energy plus” approach to sustainably reduce poverty by combining access to modern energy for heating, cooking and electricity with measures for income generation and improvement of health and education services.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Launch of New Publications on Gender, Green Economy and Asia-Pacific [viewed]

18 January 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has released its first newsletter of 2012, highlighting the Democratic Republic of Congo's new national forest monitoring system, which was launched at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 17), as well as updates on Mongolia's REDD+ roadmap and details on three new publications recently released by the Programme.

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UNU Paper Examines Climate Change Impacts on the Sovereignty of Island States [viewed]

16 January 2012: The UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) has released a paper on the impact of climate change on Atoll Island States, the legal effects of potential re-location of their citizens living in low-lying islands, and issues of sovereignty, which determines the ability of the people of the islands to keep long-term control over their current natural resources. 

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