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Floods in the Fiji archipelago (Image: AusAID)

A major regional geospatial information system and other innovative risk assessment tools are being developed to assist Pacific Island countries to undertake evidence-based decision making in development planning and finance as was announced during a four-day workshop from 9 to 12 June 2015 in Suva, Fiji with the participation of Pacific region government representatives and development partners.

Such instruments are being developed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and are funded by the Japanese Government and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and... read more

Publishing Date: 12/06/2015
Tropical Cyclone Wilma raged over the Pacific Ocean

Fiji's Minister for Lands, Mere Vuniwaqa, stressed the importance of using geospatial technology in urban and regional planning, as well as climate change and green growth, as the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Vuniwaqa commented on the potential uses space-based technology could have in the management and strategic decision making in various areas that are relevant for development. According to her, geospatial technology could be of great usefulness for sectors such as agriculture, disaster management, land management, public utility management, town and regional planning and tax collection as well as elections.

The declarations were made during... read more

Publishing Date: 20/11/2014

NASA satellites have been monitoring Tropical Cyclone Evan and providing data to forecasters who expected the storm to intensify. On Dec. 13, Evan had grown from a tropical storm into a cyclone as NASA satellites observed cloud formation, height and temperature, and rainfall rates.

The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite passed above intensifying tropical storm Evan in the South Pacific Ocean on Dec. 11, 2012 at 1759... read more

Publishing Date: 14/12/2012

UN-SPIDER supports the response efforts to the recent floods impacting Fiji. Intense and continuous rains brought on by tropical depressionTD17F caused flooding in large parts of Fiji. In some places more than 300 mm of rain fell in less than 24 hours since the early hours of 30 March and subsequent flash flooding caught many by surprise. Three deaths had been registered so far. As of 31 March 2012 49 evacuation centres (of which 31 schools) with in total more than 3700 people, approximately half of which are children, had been operational in Ra (4), Tavua (5), Ba (14), Lautoka (10), Nadi (8) and Sigatoka (8). The situation is being considered worse than the recent flooding in January 2012, as... read more

Publishing Date: 02/04/2012

Advisory Support

The Republic of the Fiji Islands is made up of approximately 330 tiny islands - of which roughly 100 are inhabited - encompassing about 1.3 million square kilometers of the South Pacific Ocean. Fiji is exposed to a variety of hazards including tropical cyclones which trigger both floods and storm surges, as well as earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, drought, and other coastal hazards. In the aftermath of the cyclone and floods in December and January 2009, the Government of Fiji requested UN-SPIDER to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission.

Mission dates: 30/11/2009 to 03/12/2009

Event

The 2016 Pacific Islands GIS & RS User Conference will be conducted at the USP ICT Auditorium in Suva, Fiji Islands.  The theme of this 2016 conference is Improved Image Data / Improved Maps.  The conference will take place between 28th November and 1st December 2016.  The conference will encompass a variety of topics including GIS softwares, new satellite technologies, spatial data platforms, UAV/LiDAR applications and cutting edge developments.   The conference will include... read more

Since the inception of Pacific GIS/RS User Conference in 1999, this annual event has attracted a lot of participants. Each year the range of GIS/RS technologies presented cover an array of applications including the management of resources of the small island Pacific nations. Shallow water bathymetry derived from satellite imagery, forest function maps to identify areas for to be protected, areas identified for developments in flood zones are some of the applications where the development of GIS/RS in the region have been applied in various sectors.

The 2015 Pacific GIS\RS User Conference will be held at the USP Japan ICT Auditorium, Suva, Fiji and the theme for this year’s conference is ‘Bridging Information Gaps by Creating Smarter Maps.’

Guide

The Fiji Department of the Ministry of Public Utilities is directly responsible for policy formulation, planning, design, regulation, coordination and implementation of programs, and project services relating to public works, roads, shipping, meteorology, transportation and utilities. In this context, public works include infrastructure components such as roads, bridges, jetties, buildings, joinery, mechanical, electrical, plant pool, and rural electrification including solar systems and diesel generators. Similarly, the transport sector covers land and sea transportation as well as Metrological Services. Transport includes shipping services, and the land transport industry including vehicles, motorcycles, carriers and buses, and the utilities sector covering water supply, sanitation and energy.

Website: http://www.mwtpu.gov.fj/

The Fiji Land Information System is a major government project, part of the Ministry of Lands and Mineral resources, designed to create a coordinated system for storing and providing 'core' information about land in the Republic of Fiji.

Website: http://www.lands.gov.fj/index.php/department/department-of-lands/corpora...

The mission of the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division is "to help Pacific island people position themselves to respond effectively to the challenges they face and make informed decisions about their future and the future they wish to leave for the generations that follow." Its goal is to ensure that earth sciences are utilized fully in order to improve the livelihoods of Pacific communities. In the island context the earth sciences comprise geology, geophysics, oceanography and hydrology.

Website: http://www.sopac.org/

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development organization. It advocates for change and connects the Pacific to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP Fiji Multi-Country Office covers 10 countries - Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Read more: UNDP Fiji

The NDMO was established to facilitate, coordinate and manage national disaster risk reduction and disaster management activities to enhance the provisions of a safer and more secure Fiji. The managed activities involve the establishment of development programs aimed at building capacities at the National, Divisional, District and the local and community levels to ensure the safety and security of the Fiji population and its infrastructures.

Website: http://www.ndmo.gov.fj/

Established in 1994, the National Fire Authority assumed responsibilities to provide fire services for the entire nation of Fiji. Most of NFA's overall activities involve responding to incidents and suppressing fires. NFA responds to a variety of fire emergency incidents including: structure fires, vehicle related fires, other emergency activities including flood evacuation assistance and specialist response activities.

More information:... read more

Among the key activities of the MRD are providing geoscientific information on Fiji, developing policies on mining and providing other relevant information and assistance for investors in the mining sector. MRD furthermore facilitates the exploration and development of the mineral, petroleum and other related non-living resources of the country.

Website: http://www.mrd.gov.fj/ 

The roles and responsibilities of the Forestry Department are the formulation and implementation of policy initiatives and the administration of the regulatory framework to facilitate Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in all types of forests. Its responsibilities include research and developments, facilitating the development of infrastructure, coordinating the activities of stakeholders and stakeholders’ agencies, monitoring and the implementation of forestry development programs, promoting training and skill development, promoting the conservation and protection of forest resources and encourage local participation and entrepreneurship in value-adding and down-streaming processing for local and export markets. Website: http://mangrovesforfiji.com/supporters/department-of-forestry

Disaster

AFP reporting that the state of emergency was declared, Thousands were evacuated.

Source : Glide number

 

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At least three people were believed dead after Cyclone Mick swept over Fiji's main island of Viti Levu, causing widespread flooding and damage, police said. Up to 700 people spent Monday night in evacuation centres due to flooding in low-lying areas.

Source: www.glidenumber.net

 

Available Space-based Information for: Fiji – Tropical Cyclone Mick – Date 14 December 2009
 

Status Update: 15 December 2009
 

UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER:

Focal Point: Shirish Ravan ( spaceaid (at) unoosa.org )
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Cyclone Tomas, category 4 cyclone, battered northern islands, damaging homes and crops, and about 5,000 people evacuated.

Source GLIDEnumber

Intense and continuous rains brought on by tropical depression TD17F caused flooding in large parts of Fiji.In some places more than 300 mm of rain fell in less than 24 hours since the early hours of 30 March and subsequent flash flooding caught many by surprise. So far three deaths have been reported.

As of 31 March 2012, 49 evacuation centers (of which 31 schools) with in total more than 3700 people, approximately half of which are children, have been operational in Ra (4), Tavua (5), Ba (14), Lautoka (10), Nadi (8) and Sigatoka (8).The situation is considered worse than the recent flooding in January 2012,as more areas are flooded. Deterioration of the situation can be expected as further weather systems accompanied by heavy rains are expected to affect Fiji.

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated by UNOOSA on behalf of the... read more

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