15 May 2015

Tokelau Explores MOU with Samoa to strengthen resilience against Natural disasters

Government of Tokelau meetings last week with Disaster Management Organisation (DMO) and Meteorological Office in Apia look to explore how it could share related experiences in strengthening resilient against natural disasters from the growing impact of climate change.

The objective of the meetings was exploring a memorandum of understanding between Samoa (MNRE/Met Office) and Tokelau on disaster management that will look into developing of early warnings, training and keeping people aware - provisions that are required for the management of natural disasters such as tsunamis, cyclones and droughts.

The meetings with head officers, Filomena Nelson and Ausetalia Lea Titimaea look at addressing disaster preparation issues like standard operating procedures, citizens responsibilities, supplies and equipments, recruitment and training of staff and public education and awareness.


Samoa’s Community Disaster and Climate Risk Management Programme (CDCRM) by Disaster Management Organisation (DMO) were carried out in Tokelau last year, facilitated by staff from DMO.

Daily weather reports services are currently being provided by Samoa’s Metrological Office in Apia.

Meanwhile, consultation with the Council of Elders (Taupulega) of Fakaofo on the Land and Coastal Management Project by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will be carried out late April.

Consultation will access and gather the information required to implement the project.

Government of New Zealand lend use consultant, Dean Walker will be carrying out consultation with support from FAO’s, Forestry Management Advisor, Tevita Kelesoma and Economic Development Natural Resource and Environment Department, Environment Manager, Menny Tavuto.

The Land and Coastal Management Project was signed last year between FAO and Government of Tokelau and the implementation expected to be carried out in June.

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