Development Objective 5 - Improve multi-sectoral responses to climate change and disasters
Many Pacific Island livelihoods rely on ocean and coastal activities that are affected by the highs and lows of daily tides. Fewer people realise, however, that accurate tide predictions are only available for a select few ports across the region.
Natural aggregates such as sand, gravel, and limestone are critical for infrastructure but globally these resources are becoming more difficult to access. Mismanagement of these finite resources along with increased environmental impacts can occur if the resources are not managed effectively and examples of this are becoming common globally.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Andrew Jones as the Director of Geoscience, Energy and Maritime at the Pacific Community (SPC). His appointment will formally take effect on 16 October 2017.
Andrew holds a PHD and BSc in Earth Sciences from The University of Queensland.
The remote village of Tukuraki in the highlands of the Ba Province in Fiji was destroyed more than 5 years ago by a landslide which tragically took the lives of a young family. More than 80 per cent of the village was decimated and as a result the community were forced to evacuate their traditional land, at risk of further landslides.
This documentary is the voices of those that were affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston when it struck into Fiji on 20 February 2016.
Development Objective 3 - Strengthen sustainable transport and energy security
Between 2015 and 2017 there were a total of 1076 maritime search and rescue incidence reported in Guam, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon islands, Kiribati, Cook Islands and Tuvalu, an exponential amount for a region of our size.
Pacific Island countries and territories are extremely vulnerable to climate change and natural hazards, which are major challenges for the development aspirations of the people of the Pacific and their environment.
The region’s recent experiences of category 5 Tropical Cyclones, including TC Winston in 2016, and TC Pam in 2015, along with numerous other events, reinforce the need for action on climate change and disaster risk management to be better understood, planned for, funded and coordinated at local, national, regional and international levels.