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Pacific Hydrological Cycle Observing System
“You can’t manage what you don’t measure”

Good water resource management decisions must be based on measured data and good information. The Pacific Hydrological Cycle Observing System (HYCOS) supports national hydrological services in member countries monitor and asses their water resources. The programme’s ultimate aim is to promote and facilitate the collection, exchange, dissemination and use of water related information in order to protect and improve the management of freshwater resources. Climatic extremes and climatic variability is further increasing the need and usefulness of this type of information.

Pacific Water and Climate Resource Centre
“If our global energy habits are the focus for mitigation, the way we use and manage our water must become the focus for adaptation”

The Pacific Water and Climate Resource Centre provides further guidance to water managers on the use of climate information and the identification of appropriate coping and adaptation strategies for climate variability and change in the water sector.

Integrated Water Resources Management Demonstrations
“Managing freshwater from ridge to reef”

Water is a resource that is always in motion, and as such it affects and is impacted by many different environments and human activities. In spite of this, water resources management has traditionally been fragmented with related issues and sectors managed in isolation. Pacific island countries have recognised the need to move towards an integrated approach to water resources management, bringing together different sectors and stakeholders to plan and manage water resources. Integrated water resources management, or IWRM, has been highlighted as part of the Millennium Development Goals and the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Sustainable Water Management, which aims to improve the assessment and monitoring of water resources, reduce water pollution, improve access to technologies, strengthen institutional agreements, and leverage additional financial resources in supporting IWRM.

The Pacific IWRM demonstration programme is supporting water managers implement applicable and effective Integrated Water Resource Management and Water Use Efficiency (WUE) plans based on best practices and demonstrations that address national priority water issues.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 09:27  


Newsflash

Welcome to the first edition of Snapshots for 2013!

It's taken us a while but we've finally been able to get something together to give you some understanding of the work being undertaken by the SPC/SOPAC Disaster Reduction Programme. These are just tidbits of a wider range of initiatives, the developments of which, we hope to share with our readers over the course of 2013.

The year has gotten off to a bang but unfortunately not the kind that we would have wanted. The disasters that affected both Samoa and Fiji as a result of Tropical Cyclone Evan in December required some immediate attention early in January. Through a collaborative effort with the SPC/SOPAC Water and Sanitation Programme, we deployed two staff to assist Samoa's post disaster needs assessment . In February, we provided similar assistance to Fiji (just coming to completion as this goes to print so watch this space for news on the Fiji post disaster needs assessment). We also, per the tireless contribution of Litea Biukoto, were able to support post disaster assessment work in the Solomon Islands which was impacted by an earthquake and  tsunami in early February.

So, there's been no let up this - made even more interesting since other activities continue as scheduled. Alas, such is the life of those of us in this line of work. We have a number of interesting stories in this edition. The Pacific Disaster Net has reached a significant milestone; our work in French Polynesia is making significant progress; the B Envelope project continues to add another success to its portfolio of activities, and more.

I hope you enjoy reading our stories and please 'stay tuned' for more as we progress in the coming months.

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Deputy Directory, Disaster Reduction Programme