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Snapshot 85 - Disaster Reduction Programme Newsletter, October 2013 - June 2014

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Secretariat of the Pacific Community's (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division through the Disaster Reduction Programme is committed to working with officials and communities around the Pacific to strengthen the ability of countries to protect people as much as possible from the impact of natural and manmade disasters.

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1. Assessing the damage after floods in the Solomon Islands

2. Tropical Cyclone Ian hits Tonga

  • Increased interoperability between emergency response agencies
  • Post Tropical Cyclone Ian in Tonga

3. Formal consultation wraps up on the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific

4. Pacific Disaster Management Meetings a Success

5. Introducing the Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific (EDF10 - BSRP) Project

  • Initial consultation for national resilience planning undertaken in Fiji
  • Year 1 national resilience planning completed in Federated States of Micronesia, Cook Islands and Palau

6. Partnerships to manage wildfire in Samoa

7. Financing disaster risk management in the Pacific

8. Disaster risk management trainers reunite and put their skills to use in Samoa and Vanuatu

9. News Bites

  • Broadcasting to continue in times of disaster
  • Federated States of Micronesia Environment Conference

10. Upcoming Events

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:05  


When Robert Smith as Senior Advisor Marine Geophysicist at SOPAC began his exploration of the Monasavu Hydro to determine the amount of sedimentation in the lake, as part of a survey that he began in 1991, in reviewing the data collected with state of the art mapping tools he found more than sedimentation, he discovered a Fijian ring ditch.

The use of the Fijian ring ditch was used for fortification, found all over the country and dates back hundreds and hundreds of years.

Mr. Smith shared his find during his presentation to participants in the SOPAC/STAR meeting in Nadi recently.

Because the lake was never cleared of trees and bush when it was filled, the ring ditch was never discovered. But it is now very much a part of the lakebed sitting under 10 metres of water at Monasavu.  The ring ditch is shown in the lower centre end of the reservoir (circled)