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Pacific Initiatives on Climate and Disaster Resilience Showcased in Compendium

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5 May 2015, Suva Fiji - To provide valuable lessons for the future, initiatives from across the Pacific region that address climate change and disaster risks are showcased in a new compendium.

The Compendium of Case Studies on Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific showcases 40 case studies from Pacific Island countries and territories that address climate and disaster risks through climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

The compendium has been compiled by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) with support from the Secretariat of the Pacific

Environment Programme (SPREP), United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the University of the South Pacific (USP).

Funding for the compendium was provided by the European Union through EDF 10 ACP – EU/SPC Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific and the Global Climate Change Alliance, Pacific Small Island Developing States project as well as SPREP and the Government of Australia through the Australian Red Cross (AVID).


“The compendium provides an important resource for the Pacific and other regions around the world and should serve as a guide for the design of future initiatives to address climate change and disaster risks,” the SPC Director General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, said.

“A key learning from the case studies is that integrating climate change and disaster risk management objectives in initiatives can streamline building resilience for communities and nations and reduce duplication,” Dr Tukuitonga said.

The compendium supports the integrated approach taken by the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific to address climate change and disaster risks within the context of sustainable development.

The publication includes a selection of case studies on diverse topics demonstrating the cross-cutting nature of climate change and disasters.

For example, programmes and projects focus on water security and sanitation, food security, infrastructure development, disaster response simulations, financing, media and communications, hazard risk assessments, and youth and community.

A range of implementers and partners are represented, including national and local governments from across the Pacific, regional organisations, international organisations, civil society, the private sector and communities.   

The initiatives highlighted in the compendium have occurred while regional policy frameworks on climate change (Pacific Island Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006 – 2015) and disaster risk management (Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management: A Framework for Action 2005- 2015) have been in effect.

Both frameworks expire in 2015 and are superseded by the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific, due to be presented for final endorsement by the region at the 2015 Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in August.

The compendium is being released ahead of the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable being hosted by SPREP in Samoa from 11 to 13 May 2016. 

For more information and to view the compendium please see http://gsd.spc.int/srdp/

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 10:38  

Newsflash

“Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing is one of the fastest developing technologies no matter whether you are a provider, and developer or a user. And here in the region and for the benefit of Pacific island countries and territories we are all striving to stay at the ‘cutting edge of the technology.’  In this regard the theme of this Conference focusing on mapping Pacific resources is very timely”, said Dr. Russell Howorth, Director, SOPAC Division of SPC, in the opening keynote at the Pacific GIS/RS User Conference held at Suva last week.

The growing impact of GIS and Remote Sensing was very much evident by the record number of attendees and presentations at the conference. Around 300 participants, from the around the Pacific Region convened for the three and half days of presentations, workshops and discussions.

Current and upcoming trends in the geospatial fields such as LiDAR (light detection and ranging) Imagery, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), recent progress in vegetation and land cover mapping, improvements in satellite technologies, imagery classification and open source software were heavily covered during the conference.

The conference has been held annually in Suva for the Pacific region since 1999, is free to attend and jointly organized by Secretariat of the Pacific Community, University of the South Pacific, various departments of the Fiji Government, with support from GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), satellite data and GIS software companies.