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There are many social, economic and environmental factors that determine the vulnerability, exposure and impact of a disaster on people or a country. Over the past 45 years, the region’s population has almost doubled from 2.2 billion in 1970 to 4.3 billion in 2014. Cities have expanded with the migration of people from rural areas in search of livelihoods and opportunities, with 47.7 per cent of the population of Asia-Pacific now living in cities compared to only 25.9 per cent in 1970.2 Often...
27 May 2015. Since its first appearance in New Caledonia in 2011, the chikungunya virus has spread to half of the Pacific islands, and the prediction is it won't stop there. The Secretariat of the Pacific Community has launched a digital map to inform people about the mosquito-borne virus, and it's urging Pacific governments to work with the public to prevent its spread to the rest of the region and beyond
04 Jun 2015. Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale will join community leaders from Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands on Monday at an emergency meeting on the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior to develop an action plan following the devastation of Cyclone Pam. Representatives from the Philippines, including former Philippines climate change commissioner Naderev Yeb Saño, will also join the workshop to share their experiences of super typhoons Haiyan and Hagupit that devastated the...
The monitor provides an update of development in the Pacific economies and explores topical issue. This issue highlight country updates, economic setting, policy briefs, disaster in the Pacific: an overview of economical and fiscal issues, Vanuatu and Cyclone Pam, ADBs Pacific operations and disaster risk reduction, reconstructing accountability after disasters, enhancing macroeconomic resilience to disasters in the Pacific
Secretariat of the Pacific (SPC) news, 29 July 2015. SPC called for increased resources for National Meteorological Services to enable them to generate and communicate impact-based early warnings for extreme wave and coastal inundation events, to better protect lives, livelihoods and property in the Pacific Island region
Climatologists now agree that the world is facing an unfolding El Nino event. The European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting says that more than half of all climate models are now predicting an El Nino stronger than 1997/8
The Island climate update for the month of February 2015
The Island climate update for the month of January 2015
The Island climate update for the month of May 2015
Presentation on overview of the PCRAFI (Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment & Financing Initiative) during session 1 at the 3rd Regional Technical Workshop 5 - 6th March 2015, Tanoa Plaza, Suva, Fiji
Presentation on continued the ongoing dialogue with countries on DRFI and provide an opportunity for peer exchange, provide an update on Pacific DRFI program and how this will transition in to the Pacific Resilience Program (PREP) and seek feedback on the new DRFI tools that have been developed and discuss the future design of the catastrophe risk insurance pilot during Session at the 3rd Regional Technical Workshop 5 - 6th March 2015, Tanoa Plaza, Suva, Fiji
Presentation on menu of activities to the PICs, including early warning/ preparedness, risk reduction and financial protection, regional approach to improve early warning, build common approaches and tools on resilience, and reduce insurance costs, Leverage resources (national IDA, regional IDA, donor funding, Green Climate Funds) to scale up resilience during session 4 at the 3rd Regional Technical Workshop 5 - 6th March 2015, Tanoa Plaza, Suva, Fiji
This note has been prepared by a team led by Olivier Mahul (Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program Manager, World Bank) and comprising Samantha Cook (Financial Sector Specialist) and Barry Bailey (Consultant). The Pacific Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance (DRFI) Program under the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI) has generated discussion at a regional level in order to help countries address their common challenges. Based on that discussion, five...
Presentation on outcome of the 2014 Forum of Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM), PICs have decided at FEMM 2014 to continue with the pilot. The future of the Pacific catastrophe risk insurance pilot and the broader disaster risk, responses on decisions on the future operational design during Session at the 3rd Regional Technical Workshop 5 - 6th March 2015, Tanoa Plaza, Suva, Fiji
Presentation on nationally implemented Activities Samoa, Tonga, + Vanuatu and RMI, Regionally implemented activities which Builds upon PCRAFI pilot insurance scheme SPC, PIFS, during Session at the 3rd Regional Technical Workshop 5 - 6th March 2015, Tanoa Plaza, Suva, Fiji
Presentation update on season three of the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot program during Session 2 at the 3rd Regional Technical Workshop 5 - 6th March 2015, Tanoa Plaza, Suva, Fiji
Presentation on development of new financial tools, disaster risk layering design for the mutual disaster risk insurance fund during Session 6 at the 3rd Regional Technical Workshop 5 - 6th March 2015, Tanoa Plaza, Suva, Fiji
Presentation on the need for clear post-disaster budget execution guidelines, to provide a desk reference for Ministry of Finance staff during a period of disaster response during Session 3 at the 3rd Regional Technical Workshop 5 - 6th March 2015, Tanoa Plaza, Suva, Fiji
Presentation on the Outcomes Statement of the 3rd Regional Technical Workshop 5 - 6th March 2015, Tanoa Plaza, Suva, Fiji
This report has been jointly prepared by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the World Bank - Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance (DRFI) Program. The DRFI team is grateful to JICA for its continued interest in the Pacific DRFI Program. This paper will serve to inform the program’s design and implementation in the future [Note: Big file size document 6mb]