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  • Cash-for-work helps Ha’apai community to recover from Cyclone Ian

    Today, it’s a different scene in Ha’apai compared to January after Tropical Cyclone Ian, a Category 5 system - the most powerful ever recorded in Tongan waters - passed directly over the northeast islands of Ha’apai. Many homes repaired, much of the debris removed, fences for livestock rebuilt, continued and regular harvesting of vegetables and crops, tourists have returned and women are weaving again.

  • Meeting vulnerability head on in the Islands of Fiji

    Surviving the brunt of two major cyclones (category four in a scale of five), in a span of three years is no small feat. Fifty-eight year old Isireli Soqosoqo and his community on Cikobia managed to do this when the island in the northern part of Fiji was struck first by Cyclone Daman in December 2007 and then Cyclone Tomas in March, 2010. The cyclones damaged homes, schools and plantations on Cikobia and the island was cut off from urgent food and medical supplies for several days.

  • "Without the mangroves we cannot produce salt,” says 72 year old Tai Butani. She is the only person left in the Tikina Wai region who knows how to produce salt by using salt pounds in a way that has been in the village tradition for generations.

  • Villagers learn to protect their natural environment

    Youths of Biausevu village in tikina Komave in Nadroga have been vigorously involved in clearing land locked areas surrounding their homes to replant trees to ensure that their environment will be of use to them now and also their children’s children in future.

  • Life changing water pipes

    Ekipe village has gone through a great change in the last year, as a Global Environment Facility's Small Grant Programme project implemented by the United Nations Development Progrmamme (UNDP), has helped the village install running water.

  • The rising sea, the changing tides in Kiribati

    Boobu Tioram has dismantled and moved his house three times in the past nine years. It was either this, or watch his home get washed away by the Pacific Ocean.

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