A new animated film that integrates climate science and disaster preparedness – The Pacific Adventures of the Climate Crab – has been launched at the Pacific Meteorological Council in Nadi, Fiji.
This animation is an exciting new tool to raise awareness of the science and impacts of El Nino and La Nina and encourage Pacific Islanders to take early action in preparing for these extreme events. The Pacific island countries can experience very wet or very dry conditions as a result of El Nino and La Nina. Good quality climate and weather information, warnings and forecasts can help us anticipate and prepare for changing risks. Research by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre found that, globally, few simple materials exist for use in training and planning that link information about climate variability – El Nino and La Nina – and climate change or that link these to pre-emptive action, particularly in the Pacific region.
To fill this gap, a team of climate scientists, humanitarians, technical experts, artists and film-makers teamed up to produce the humorous four minute film, which comes with a ‘tool kit’ to help link the information presented in the animation to decision-making and action on the ground.
The films and accompanying resources will be useful those working in fields that address climate risk such as climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, health, education, food security, community planning, environmental protection, agriculture and natural resource management. The Pacific Adventures of the Climate Crab is the result of a collaboration between Red Cross and the Australian Government’s Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning (PACCSAP) Program.


The GDPC and a wide variety of partners are gearing up for the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) which will be held in Sendai, Japan March 14-18, 2015.The GDPC will be present at the WCDRR and will showcase project activities at the booths of the IFRC, USAID, UNESCO, and GAD3RES.
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Der vorliegende Bericht beinhaltet die Inhalte der strategischen Empfehlung von 2013 sowie weiterfuhrende Erlauterungen und Fallbeispiele, welche Rahmenbedingungen festlegen und Hinweise fur die Umsetzung in die Praxis geben. The film stars a comical and highly resilient crab and follows her escapades across the Pacific.
These conditions, along with extreme events like cyclones, can have serious impacts on water quality, food security, infrastructure (like houses and roads), livelihoods and health. The project has been implemented by the Red Cross, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department (VMGD) and the SPC-GIZ Climate Change Program. Please download the latest version of the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Windows Internet Explorer browser.


The International Day was to be observed annually during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, 1990-1999. The objective of the observance is to raise awareness of how people are taking action to reduce their risk to disasters. For example, knowledge of early warning signals in nature can be vital to ensuring early action is taken to mitigate the impact of both slow and fast onset disasters such as droughts, heatwaves, storms and floods. For example the danger of disease outbreaks increases during periods of drought, so focusing on simple measures such as hand washing can go a long way to reducing illness. Combined with scientific knowledge such as reports generated by meteorologists, local knowledge is vital for preparedness and can be passed on from generation to generation. Wise water use messages can help conserve water in droughts and flood warnings can be used to dig trenches to improve water flow to avoid damage to houses and crops.



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