Yesterday’s record-ed weather variables(8am-8am)
N/NW winds 10/20 knots. Light tomoderate seas to 1.5 metres overnorthern waters, N/NW winds17/22 knots. Moderate to roughseas to 2.0 metres over central waters, while N/NW winds 20/25knots. Rough seas to 2.5 metresover channel and southern waters.
climate change is one o the big-gest issues aecting Vanuatuand its people today and evenmore so in the uture. For thatreason the Minister o Agricul-ture, Quarantine Fisheries andForests opened a workshop thismorning to review the frst drato Vanuatu’s new National Cli-mate Change Adaptation Strate-gy. Minister Rory’s speech calledor strong call or intersectoralcooperation as over 40 partici-pants gathered at Le Lagon Port Vila or the workshop.This Vanuatu National ClimateChange Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS) lays out an approach toidentiy and implement efcientand eective activities to man-aged the existing and anticipatedconsequences o climate changeor the land-based resourcessectors in Vanuatu, namely or-estry, agriculture, water, live-stock, and biodiversity/ naturalecosystems. These sectors play dominant roles in the economy o Vanuatu as well as contribut-ing to livelihoods and the gener-al well-being o people and thecountry as a whole. Important-ly, both experience and evidencereveal there is high sensitivity to weather extremes as well as cli-mate variability and change.SPC-GIZ expert Dr John Hay made the point that the best way to deal with climate change is toaddress current problems. Hesaid, “think about adaptation toclimate as a amily in Vanuatutrying to deal with daily prob-lems. A strong amily can deal well with problems o today and will probably be able todeal with problems that comealong tomorrow. But a weak amily today will not be ableto deal with problems today OR tomorrow. So it is impor-tant to start addressing current weather and disaster issuesin the country. We can say orsure that problems are severenow, and will only get worse inthe uture as climate continuesto change.”One o the most importantparts o the new strategy is a very detailed list o ways thatpeople in Vanuatu can adaptto climate change. The Depart-ments o Agriculture, Forestry,Livestock, Lands and Geology and Mines (Hydrology) havebeen working or months tocome up with very speciicactivities that will help peo-ple deal with climate changeimpacts like cyclones, loods,droughts, pest and disease out-breaks, bush fres and extremetemperatures. In total, thereare now over 500 activitiesidentiied that armers, com-munities, churches, land own-ers, provinces, NGOs, industry,donors and government cando to adapt to climate change.This is a major advance in theregion, where so many peo-ple want to know “what can we do about climate change?”Now we have some answers,and the answers have come notrom outside but rom Vanuatuitsel, rom ni-Vanuatu expertsin villages and in government.SPC-GIZ has conirmed itscontinuing support or thefnalization o the National Cli-mate Change Adaptation Strat-egy through its Coping withClimate Change in the PacifcIsland Region Programme. Inthe next ew months, an expertteam o ni-Vanuatu will trav-el around the islands to makesure that everyone knows howto adapt to climate change and validate the strategy.For more inormation con-tact Mr Brian Phillips, VanuatuDepartment o Meteorology and Geohazards or Dr. Chris-topher Bartlett (VanuatuCli-mateChange@gmail.com) or visit http://www.spc.int/lrd/Cli-mate_Change.htm.
Government preparesnational climate changeadaptation strategy
and events get underway tomark the annual World PressFreedom Day on May 3, Paci-ic media networks are gather-ing in Apia or a regional frst– an inaugural meeting aimedat promoting better ways o working together. The Paci-ic media ‘Promoting dialogueand media regionalism’ gather-ing, rom 2-4 May 2011, bringstogether network leaders romthe AIBD Paciic Media Part-nership, the Paciic Allianceor Development Journalists,the Paciic Freedom Forum,the Pacifc Islands Media Asso-ciation, the IFJ Paciic MediaHuman Rights and Democra-cy Project, the Paciic WAVEMedia Network, and PasiMA.The meeting is being sup-ported by UNESCO Paciic aspart o World Press FreedomDay with additional und-ing rom the AusAID’s PaciicMedia Assistance Scheme (Pac-MAS) which will be launchingits regional oice in Vanuatuthis July. It will be co-acili-tated by Peter Lewis o theMedia, Entertainment and Arts Alliance in Australia and mediaconsultant Ulaala Aiavao o Samoa. Observers rom organi-sations working in strong partner-ships with the media, includingthe national media organisa-tion or journalists, JAWS, willalso have their say during asession seeking their eedback and input on Paciic mediaregionalism.Opening ormalities beginMonday morning at the Insti-tute o Higher Education Con-erence Room at the NationalUniversity o Samoa and a high-light involving NUS journal-ism students, regional mediadelegates, local media andinterested members o the pub-lic, is a keynote presentationtimed or World Press FreedomDay May 3 by Vanuatu Daily Post publisher Marc Neil Jones.The event will open up a frst-time space or regional medianetworks to introduce their work, dialogue, and talk throughthe potential and challengeso media regionalism. A high-light or network leaders will bethe opportunity to hear direct-ly rom PacMAS on its proposedprogram or the Paciic, andshare insights on progress orPacifc media development.
Pacic media networks head for rstregional dialogue as part of WPFD 2011
TCP representing the majori-ty o coee armers on TannaIsland, are happy to have fn-ished exporting 36,000kgs o coee beans rom the 2010harvest.Countries now buyingTanna Island’s coee pro-duce are USA, New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia andGermany.With 54 tons o beans har- vested rom Tanna Island last year, this has been the best year since the late 1980s andthe frst year since that timethat coee beans have beenexported in any commercial volume.2010 season generatedthrough TCP INIK approx-imately 25 million vatu o overseas revenue going intothe Tanna economy throughharvest payments and materi-al supplies, technical aid, newplantings and now a directoverseas market and moreimportantly international rec-ognition or the Island’s rap-idly growing coee economy is in excellent shape and reg-ular supply contracts devel-oping.With the Co-op now receiv-ing the revenue and thenusing it to develop morecoee hectares, alongsidenew joint venture develop-ers working with local smallland holders, this also hasstrengthened the trust ele-ment on Tanna to a new level.These new investors are romUSA and Australia and arelooking to not only providea stream o beans or theirown oshore supply line buthelp and work alongside thelandowners and INIK ensur-ing that the uture o both theisland’s people and their econ-omy looks in good shape.
36,000kgs of coffee beans soldto the world from Tanna Island
Vanuatu Director of Environment, Albert Williams addresses Climate Change Strategy ParticipantsMinister of Agriculture Rory speaks to participants on the importance of adapting to climate change in Vanuatu