Southwest Pacific

Sandwatcher Newsletter Reports on Indian Ocean Workshop [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the release of the April 2011 issue of "The Sandwatcher." The newsletter describes activities undertaken by Sandwatch network groups worldwide, including the Sandwatch Regional Indian Ocean Workshop held on Mahe, Seychelles, in October 2010.

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Small Islands Exchange Lessons on Climate Change, DRR [viewed]

24 May 2011: Opening the conference titled “Lessons for Future Action: Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Small Island States,” Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, urged participants to share lessons learnt on climate change and disaster risk management, so small island developing States (SIDS) can strategize for a better future in the face of climate change.

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UNCCD's Global Mechanism Launches scope|acp Website [viewed]

16 May 2011: The South-South Cooperation programme of the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched the new website www.scopeacp.net, which seeks to provide tools to enhance the use of existing resources as well as to increase access to new and innovative financial resources for sustainable land management (SLM).

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Report of Committee for Development Policy Reviews Indicators of LDCs [viewed]

May 2011: The report of the 13th session of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP), which took place from 21-25 March 2011, has just been released. The report reviews the Committee's consideration of the following themes: education for all, issues related to the Least Developed Countries (including monitoring of the development progress of Equatorial Guinea and Samoa), and migration and development. 

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SPC Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture [viewed]

19 May 2011: In addresses to two recent climate change meetings in the Pacific region, Inoke Ratukalou, Acting Director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Land Resource Division (LRD), has stressed the need to protect SIDS' agriculture sector from the impacts of climate change, and emphasized that climate change should be considered a development issue, not just an environmental one.

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SPREP and SPC Assisting Tuvalu to Develop National Climate Change Policy [viewed]

18 May 2011: In response to a request from Tuvalu, a joint team from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology (SOPAC) Division is on mission in the country to assist in the development of a Tuvalu National Climate Change Policy and Joint Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management National Action Plan (JNAP).

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GEF Publishes Roadmap for Accessing LDC Climate Fund [viewed]

May 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a roadmap to clarify the steps necessary for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to access funds for climate change adaptation and mitigation through the LDC Fund (LDCF).

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Documentary Series to Showcase Pacific Renewable Energy Experiences [viewed]

13 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has commissioned a documentary series to showcase the experiences of 11 Pacific island countries in their efforts to achieve their renewable energy targets or goals.

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World Bank and Partners to Spur Open Source Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation Challenges [viewed]

12 May 2011: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA, HP and the World Bank, through their initiative titled "Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK)," will bring together thousands of people in over 18 locations worldwide, on 4-5 June 2011, to create open source e-solutions to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation challenges. 

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FAO Releases Report on Mega-Fires and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2011: At the International Wildland Fire Conference in Sun City, South Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a preliminary report titled “Findings and Implications from a Coarse-Scale Global Assessment of Recent Selected Mega-Fires.” The report suggests that changing climate may be exacerbating the growing number of mega-fires and resulting in a positive feedback loop.

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