Healthy and Climate Resilient Nation: Developing a Climate and Health Early Warning System for Samoa

posted 14 Aug 2014, 15:25 by Bodeker Scientific   [ updated 14 Aug 2014, 15:25 ]

Bodeker Scientific facilitated a scoping visit by two senior management staff of the Ministry of Health (MoH), Government of Samoa, Ms Penny Gaualofa Matalavea Saaga, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, and Ms Victoria Ieremia Faasili, Principal Climate Change and Health Officer, to Wellington from 4 to 8 August 2014. The purpose of the visit was to continue the conversation amongst key stakeholders (MoH, Environmental Sciences & Research (ESR), National Institute of Water and Atmospheric (NIWA), Bodeker Scientific, University of Auckland and University of Otago) leading the implementation of Activity 3: Incorporate the health science sector as it relates to the application of climate science & research” of the Working Group on Climate Monitoring, Research and Services in the Pacific (WG CMRSP). 

The WG CMRSP is one of the WGs of the United States-New Zealand Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation (JCM), which last met in Washington, DC in September 2012. The main objectives of this recent visit were to raise awareness and visibility of the Climate and Health work in Samoa and to demonstrate the benefits of the work by:  

  1. Reviewing previous efforts and work accomplished related to climate and health
  2. Documenting the outcomes of that work
  3. Exploring new opportunities to further enhance climate and health work in Samoa
The visit comprised a four day meeting and one full day study tours of ESR and NIWA’s facilities. The visit was funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The main output from the visit was a draft concept paper “Healthy and Climate Resilient Nation: Developing a Climate and Early Warning System for Samoa.” 

For further information, please contact MoH (Gaualofa Matalavea Saaga), NIWA (Andrew Tait), ESR (Virgina Hope) or Bodeker Scientific (Pene Lefale).