Regional partnerships for climate change adaptation and disaster preparedness

The Pacific region is prone to natural disasters, experiencing droughts, earthquakes, floods, cyclones, landslides, sea surges, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. Each Pacific developing member country (PDMC) faces a different set of risks and potential losses with respect to natural disasters. An increased awareness of climate change issues in the Pacific region has contributed to the view that the frequency and intensity of natural disasters may be increasing. This perception has been reinforced by the occurrence of recent major natural disasters such as the 26 December 2004 Asian tsunami, and the April 2007 Solomon Islands

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