World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Red Cross Calls For Greater Investment In Risk Reduction

Red Cross Calls For Greater Investment In Risk Reduction to Support Drought Hit Communities In the Marshall Islands

September 4, 2013 – Majuro. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling on the international community to pledge greater support for risk reduction programmes that help hazard-prone communities in the Marshall Islands to adapt to the impacts of climate change. 

In the wake of the devastating drought earlier in the year that impacted 15 of the country’s northern atolls, the IFRC launched an international emergency appeal to address the immediate effects of the drought, such as food and water scarcity. The IFRC appeal also aims to link relief activities with longer-term adaptation and mitigation efforts that help affected communities to reduce their vulnerability to future disasters.

The Marshall Islands is currently hosting the 44th Pacific Islands Forum, where climate change adaptation is high on the agenda.
“The New Zealand Government’s pledge to support low-lying Pacific Island nations to better manage their fresh water resources sends a positive message to the international community. We hope that it encourages further attention and investment in this area”, says Victoria Bannon, the IFRC’s operations coordinator in Majuro.  “Climate change is something that communities in the Marshall Islands discuss daily.  We have spoken with people on Namu Atoll who are concerned that the drought will happen again, they are worried about their livelihoods and their access to drinking water.”
The IFRC aims to work with local volunteers across three atolls to repair and improve household and community rainwater harvesting systems.  Building local capacity is critical to achieve this aim and one of the priorities is to work with a volunteer group towards the establishment of a permanent Red Cross National Society with community level volunteers spread across the Marshall Islands.

“Our main priority is to help these communities to become more resilient in the face of changing weather patterns. Our projects must be sustainable, this means having the full participation of community members. They will have ownership over the future management of community rainwater systems”, says Bannon.

The drought in the Marshall Island first took hold in April 2013, when a state of emergency was declared by the Government.  The long-term impact on local agriculture and water reserves has been severe. In June, the IFRC launched its emergency appeal for 803,000 Swiss francs (USD 861,000). The appeal is currently only 40% funded.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Mexico: Violence And Repression Of Teachers

The member organizations of Network for Peace express our indignation over the acts of repression that the Mexican State has carried out, through the police forces... In Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, the conflict has resulted in murders of teachers and civilians as well as hundreds of wounded and dozens of people arrested. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Britain's Pleas For Mercy

So… Boris Johnson is promising that he won't be holding a snap general election, if he's chosen as the next UK Conservative Party leader. Reportedly, he is even making that promise a feature of his leadership campaign, since a vote for Boris would therefore mean (wink wink) that his colleagues wouldn't have to risk their jobs and face the wrath of the British public until 2020. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news