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Pacific Relief


An abandoned house that is affected by seawater during high-tides stands next to a small lagoon near the village of Tangintebu. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters


The Pacific islands comprise some 20,000 to 30,000 islands located within the Pacific Ocean. Most of these islands are characterised by their small populations, land mass and economy and are situated within one of the most disaster prone regions in the world. This is also a region where the majority of CID’s members work and has been emphasised as the main area of focus for New Zealand’s Aid Programme. This page is dedicated to the Pacific, giving information which is aimed specifically at disaster relief within the region.


 Key Organisations and Websites

NIWA: Pacific Cyclone Seasonal Update:

NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, is a Crown Research Institute established in 1992. It provides a monthly summary of the climate in the tropical South Pacific islands, with an outlook for the coming months. This bulletin is a multi-national project with collaboration from a number of Pacific nations and support from various organisations.


The Pacific Disaster Net: 

The Pacific Disaster Net is a web portal and database system for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the Pacific Region. As the largest and most comprehensive infromation resource on DRM, it is a living collection and growing DRM information resource for actors and stakeholders to research and collaborate and improve information and knowledge management. It also supports National Action Planning, Decision Making and provides in-country information for distribution within the region.


  The Pacific Disaster Centre: 

The Pacific Disaster Centre (PDC) strives to prevent hazards from becoming disaster, and disaster from becoming crises. They do this by applying science and technology and exchanging knowledge, fostering disaster resilient communities around the globe. The PDC aims to provide applied information research and analysis support for the development of more effective policies, institutions, programs and information products for the disaster management and humanitarian assistance communities of the Asia Pacific region and beyond. 


  UNOCHA Regional Office for the Pacific:

In 1999, OCHA established a Regional Office for the Pacific (ROP) to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors. OCHA ROP’s work in the Pacific is focused around the following key areas: Coordination, Emergency Response, Emergency Preparedness, Information Management, Advocacy and Reporting, Humanitarian Financing. To improve the timeliness, effectiveness and predictability of humanitarian response in the region, OCHA ROP established the Pacific Humanitarian Team in 2008.

General Resources

Emergency preparedness and response plan

The 'emergency preparedness and response plan' is designed to guide humanitarian action in the pacific through inter-agency cooperation and consolidation of information. By bringing together information on the humanitarian architecture, tools and services of the Pacific Humanitarian Team, the plan aims to prepare humanitarian stakeholders to provide more efficient and effective support to Pacific Island governments.

The emergency preparedness and response plan: A guide to inter-agency humanitarian action in the pacific


Intergrating Gender in Disaster Management in Small Island Developing States

This guide outlines the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Pacific and the Caribbean and explains how gender roles and responsibilities result in differential exposure and impact of disasters. It seeks to support existing international frameworks that advocate gender equality: (i) the Hyogo Framework of Action in the area of risk management and its relation to development; and (ii) objective 3 of the Millennium Development Goals — a global consensus framework and statement of commitment. It is intended to be a practical tool for disaster managers and their teams working to build resilience at the community level in small islands and ensure greater equality in the field of risk management

Integrating gender in disaster management in Small Island Developing States: a guide


Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change

In order to seek further concrete actions at the national, regional and international levels, the Pacific Island Countries and Territories have developed this action plan to implement the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (2006-2015). This framework works toward ensuring Pacific island people build their capacity to be resilient to the risks and impacts of climate change with the key objective to deliver on the expected outcomes under the following Principles: implementing adaptation measures; governance and decision making ;improving our understanding of climate change; education, training and awareness; contributing to global greenhouse gas reduction; and,partnerships and cooperation. 

Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006-2015