SOPAC Compendium Project
SOPAC Compendium Project
Digital collection of the entire body of knowledge of CCOP/SOPAC from 1972 to 2010

Listing Projects - Country of American Samoa (71)

TitleDescriptionCategoryTypeProject Year
Water Resources Climate Adaptation To reduce vulnerability to ENSO events and associated droughts including the development of disaster preparedness plans. Linkages with other projects: (1) 2004 - Climate Change Framework for Action SPREP/SOPAC (2) 2005 - AusAID Kiribati assistance under KAPII with WB and GEF. A preliminary assessment of the impacts of the 1997-98 El Niño event was undertaken in selected Pacific countries in 1999 . The capacity to manage these impacts in the future was evaluated by reviewing in-country systems for monitoring conditions and trends. The task identified short-term strategies to make better use of climate data and forecasts to mitigate likely impact of future ENSO events. Detailed information on the devastating impacts of drought on small island nations was given at the recent SOPAC sponsored Workshop on ENSO Impacts on Water Resources in the Pacific, held 19-22 October, 1999. The Workshop concluded that without good quality, efficiently managed and adequate water resources there is no chance for sustainable social and economic development or environmental management in the Pacific Island Region. Water and Sanitation (WS) Project 2000
PCGIAP Pacific Group Workshop Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific (PCGIAP) Pacific Group, conducted a Taskforce workshop for the oceania region - Pacific Island Countries in Suva, from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 March, 1999. The workshop proposed that SOPAC become the secretariat of the PCGIAP Pacific Group and PCGIAP fully supports the proposal. This Group was formed at the Suva workshop to address the unique and special needs of Pacific Island Countries in PCGIAP activities and to assist in the development of their National Spatial Data (or GIS) Infrastructures (NSDIs). Information Communications and Technology (ICT) Workshop 1999
ENSO Impact on water resources in the Pacific Region: Workshop A workshop on ENSO Impacts on Water Resources in the Pacific region was held inconjunction with SOPAC’s 1999 Annual Session at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi, Fiji from 19 to 23 October 1999, and attended by about 80 participants from 23 countries.The main objectives of the workshop were to: (1) assess climate variability impacts on water resources (2) identify the users of climate forecast and recognition of their needs (3) identify adaptation and mitigation strategies (4) strengthen links between the producers and users of climate information. Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Workshop 1999
Resource Use Solutions Updating and maintenance of the Pacific Islands Regional Maritime Boundary Information System (PIRMBIS). PIRMBIS contains baseline information from maps, and satellite imagery, as well as the computed critical base points, and the extrapolated notional maritime boundaries for Tokelau, American Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Niue and Nauru. Maritime Boundaries (MB) Activity/Task 2007
39th Session of the Governing Council of SOPAC and the 39th Session of its Technical Advisory Group (TAG) The Thirty-ninth Annual Session of the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC ) was held in Nadi, Fiji Islands, from 19th October to 22nd October 2010. It’s Council Sessions including the joint session with its Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and the preceding two-day scientific meeting of its Science Technology and Resource Network (STAR) were all held at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi. The STAR Meeting was its 27th with the theme “Pacific Geoscience – Towards 2020 in the Face of Dwindling Global Natural Resources”. General (G) Meeting 2010
SOPAC Workshop on Solar pumping (PVP) Solar pumping workshop in Suva was attended by 29 people from 12 countries to promote and learn about the use of solar energy in the supply of freshwater to rural communities. The aims of the workshop were to (1) review the PVP technology and why similar project carried out in the South Pacific failed (2) determine conditions best suited to the use of PVP in rural areas of the South Pacific and compare the costs with other technologies for extracting water from the ground (3) examine the planning procedures for PVP systems (4) identify the criteria to ensure that PVP technology is available to the user at an affordable manner. The workshop was held from 21- 23 May 1997. Water and Sanitation (WS) Workshop 1997
Pacific Ocean/Atmosphere Monitoring Program - Pacific GOOS Inception Proposal for SOPAC's involvement with IOC-GOOS in implementing a Pacific Ocean/Atmosphere Monitoring Program (PacificGoos) in the region was submitted. Pacific GOOS was a proposed activity of the Oceans Unit recognizing many inter- linkages with SOPAC's other work areas. It was forwarded through the SPOCC process by the SPOCC Marine Sector Working Group where the concept of a PacificGOOS had been endorsed by SPOCC. The proposal includes the drafting of a strategy plan identifying the goals and objectives, actions, activities, management and policy requirements and general funding plans. During a GOOS Capacity Building Workshop hosted by the Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji, thirty participants from twelve countries in the South Pacific agreed to establish PacificGOOS. The workshop took place from 13 to 17 February 1998, with funds for the workshop being provided primarily by the Netherlands Geosciences Commission, the Government of France and the I0C. The South Pacific Geosciences Commission (SOPAC) contributed the secretariat support and local organization. A Coastal GOOS conference is planned for 1999 to initiate PacificGOOS and develop pilot projects. Coastal Processes (CP) Programme 1998
Increased awareness Increased awareness by all member country stakeholders of the benefits of applying an integrated approach. Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Activity/Task 2006
33rd session of the SOPAC Governing Council and it's Technical Advisory Group (TAG) The 33rd Session of the SOPAC Governing Council and its Technical Advisory Group (TAG) was held at the Coral Coast in Fiji but hosted by the Government of Papua New Guinea. Guam welcomed back after being absent for two years. General (G) Meeting 2004
Maritime boundaries training At the 37th SOPAC session meeting held in Tuvalu 2008. Kiribati acknowledged the efforts of the Secretariate, with support from Ausaid in providing training and development of submissions concerning maritime boundaries. Stressed that these issues are critical to Pacific Island Countries not only in terms of managing mineral and fisheries resources but also in terms of determining EEZ and ECS territorial areas. Kiribati further touched on the issue of international momentum that was picking up and stressed its position on the need to pursue this opportunity. Seabed mining is an important issue for Kiribati given its vast marine area and there was great potential in this area, if appropriate technical research and advice was provided from SOPAC. Human Resources Development (HRD) Training 2008