Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:UNDP, World Health Organization, Ministry of Health
Fiji Project Objective
To increase the adaptive capacity of the health sector to respond to climate sensitive risks.
Key Health Concerns and Vulnerability to Climate Change
Fiji has conducted a study looking at which afflictions have a clear link with climate change. Dengue fever, diarrhoeal diseases (food and water borne) and nutrition-related illnesses were all shown to be linked to climate and have the potential to worsen with increasing climate change and variability.
- Climate change and health early warning and planning systems
- Institutional and technical capacity to manage climate change health risks
- Demonstration Measures to reduce vulnerability
- Regional Cooperation to address climate change health risks
Outcome 1: An early warning system providing reliable information on likely incidence of climate sensitive health risks.
- Climate sensitive health risks/CSD reporting system with prediction modeling.
- Institutional strengthening of health and key multisectoral partners in data management across sectors.
- Timely dissemination of data and advocacy.
- Information systems supporting integrated assessments of climate change and risks in management and long term health planning.
Outcome 2: Capacity of health sector institutions to respond to climate sensitive health risks based on early warning systems improved.
- Clarified and harmonized institutional mandates and procedures to respond to climate risks to public health.
- Health professionals in selected pilot regions have the capacity to respond to climate sensitive health risks based on early warning systems.
- Health professional in selected pilot regions have the capacity to effectively respond to HMDs and CSDs with specific attention on psychosocial intervention.
Outcome 3: Disease prevention measures piloted in areas of heightened health risk due to climate change
- Community members are aware of climate change on their community and take actions to make adaptations to minimize potential health risks.
- Community members are aware of CSDs, what to do when symptoms develop and how to take preventative measures to avoid them.
- Community members are aware of the effects of climate change on their community and take actions to make adaptation to minimize potential risks.
- Detailed Communication Plans in place (for Outcomes 1-3).
The Kivori community is a pilot site for the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project, nationally implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Livestock of PNG, with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as its implementing agency in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
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Workshop Highlights: Asia-Paciﬁc Gender Community of Practice Annual Learning Workshop, Negombo, Sri Lanka, 24 - 26 September 2008
(excerpted from report Forward)
This report is a product of the 2008 Gender Community of Practice learning Event, organized by the UNDP Regional Gender Team, focusing on 'Gender and Climate Change: Impact and Adapatation'.
The vulnerability of women to the effects of climate change is largely due to their dependence on natural resources, their responsibility for water and food procurement and the
Radio New Zealand International
The Kiribati government is optimistic agreement can be achieved on issues such as funding for climate change adaptation at an international conference it’ll be hosting next month, but it says it can’t say the same for the United Nations conference in December.
Representatives from China, Canada, India, the United States, Britain, the European Union, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and most Pacific Island countries have confirmed they will attend the Tarawa climate change conference.
On 15 December 2009, a joint meeting took place between Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Development Minister Dirk Niebel with the heads of state and government of eight Pacific island states. Minister Westerwelle underlined the long tradition of relations between Germany and the Pacific states, while Federal Development Minister Niebel announced, in this context, that funding for the regional programme ‘Adapting to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region’ would be increased by 10 million euro.
UNDP, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the Asian Development Bank and the University of the South Pacific have launched the Pacific Solution Exchange (PSE), an email-based “e-Discussion” forum that will seek to connect people with common interests, enhance south-south and small island State cooperation, and broaden the dialogue around Pacific issues to inform decision-making.
Many Strong Voices
The images and stories are compelling. Students from the Suva Christian Community High School have joined their counterparts in the Arctic and other island states in photographing and writing about the changes they are seeing in their regions due to rapid climate change.
The students visited several locations in Fiji and met people, who were being affected by rising sea levels, coastal erosion and other problems attributed to climate change.
SIDS Policy & Practice
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released its annual report of activities for 2009, which covers activities related to climate change and biodiversity, among others.
On climate change, the report discusses the Pacific Year of Climate Change campaign, support to national meteorological services, the five-year Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change project, and support to Pacific negotiators for the Co