Month: June 2015

Not Just Chicken Feed !

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If something is ‘just chicken feed’ its considered loose change, cheap, no big deal… Well, on an atoll, chicken feed is a big deal. In fact food in general is a big deal. It is hard to grow, hard to import and easily damaged by the climate. The biggest problem facing a would-be chicken keeper…


Audit of the Environmental & Social Management Plan (ESMP): May 2015

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1 Background 1.1 The Project The Tuvalu Borrow Pits Remediation Project (TBPRP) is now refilling borrow pits that were created on Funafuti (on the islets of Fogafale and Tegako) during World War II for the purpose of constructing the airport runway. The project includes restoration of a breach in the islet of Tegako and other…


Coral Watch Report 4

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Coral Monitoring: Start date 21st April 2015; Duration: 8.4 weeks Dredging: Start date 29th April 2015; Duration: 7.3 weeks Dredging Locations: Northern end of Tegako Coral bleaching is below trigger levels (50% bleaching C1-C5 averaged over all corals) and no action is required. Results this week The coral watch results for the past 1.5 weeks…


What is the Environmental Vulnerability Index?

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A vulnerability index for the natural environment, the basis of all human welfare, has been developed by the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and their partners. The index was developed through consultation and collaboration with countries, institutions and experts across the globe. This index is designed to be…


Download EVI Reports

Here you will find a selection of reports written on the EVI and its development:


Download Country Profiles

Here are some of the country profiles to download:


Environmental Vulnerability: The issue

Healthy, productive and protective environments, social systems and economies are the basis of sustainable development and human welfare. The environment is the source of all our raw materials and absorbs the pollution from our activities. In turn, whilst going about our daily business (social and economic) we use the environment and convert its resources and…


Sustainable Fisheries Have More Economic Benefits

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Sustainable methods of fishing are often touted for environmental benefits. But a new report finds they also yield more wealth than current techniques for communities that rely on them. The study, from researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of Washington, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Economist Intelligence Unit, finds that…


How the EVI Works

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The EVI is based on 50 indicators for estimating the vulnerability of the environment of a country to future shocks. These indicators are combined by simple averaging and reported simultaneously as a single index, a range of policy-relevant thematic sub-indices and as a profile showing the results for each indicator. Simple averages across indicators were…


Building resilience in SIDs

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A vulnerability index for the natural environment, the basis of all human welfare, has been developed by the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and their partners. The index was developed through consultation and collaboration with countries, institutions and experts across the globe. This index is designed to be…


Mechanics of the EVI

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The EVI is based on 50 indicators for estimating the vulnerability of the environment of a country to future shocks. These indicators are combined by simple averaging and reported simultaneously as a single index, a range of policy-relevant thematic sub-indices and as a profile showing the results for each indicator. Simple averages across indicators were…


New Zealand Now Recognizes ALL Animals As Sentient Beings

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A landmark decision by the Kiwis sets a precedent that other countries should follow. New Zealand has just set a great example to the world by recognizing what animal lovers have known forever- that our furry [and feathered or scaled] friends are as sentient as we are, and (obviously, dur) they have feelings just like…


EVI Think Tank

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The Environmental Vulnerability Index (EVI) is an indicators-based method which has been developed in partnership by SOPAC, UNEP, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, and Norway in collaboration with the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) institutions and experts. The EVI was developed in response to a call made in the…


EVI Think Tank II

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The Environmental Vulnerability Index (EVI) is an indicators-based method which has been developed in partnership by SOPAC, UNEP, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, and Norway in collaboration with the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) institutions and experts. The EVI was developed in response to a call made in the…


Definitions and Acronyms used on this site

Definitions Wind Speed refers to the rate at which air is moving horizontally past a given point. It may be a 2-minute average speed (reported as wind speed) or an instantaneous speed (reported as a peak wind speed, wind gust, or squall). http://weather.gov/glossary/index.php?word=wind+speed Rainfall refers to the amount of precipitation of any type, primarily liquid….


Coral Watch Report 3

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Coral Monitoring: Start date 21st April 2015; Duration: 6.43 weeks Dredging: Start date 29th April 2015; Duration: 5.29 weeks Dredging Locations: Northern end of Tegako Coral bleaching is below trigger levels (50% bleaching C1-C5) and no action is required. Results this week The coral watch results for this week (1-5th June) are shown in the…


EVI Calculator

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Manual: How to Use the EVI This manual is for people and organisations wishing to better understand the issue of environmental vulnerability and resilience as a basis for ensuring sustainable development through the application of the Environmental Vulnerability Index (EVI). This manual provides a guide on how to generate EVI values for countries and for…


Other Organisations Providing Rating like EVI?

Are you aware of any other organisation providing rating similar to the EVI? (I am aware of the EPI from Yale University even though it is not measuring ‘only’ the vulnerability). Thanks for your help.


Vitamin C shown to annihilate cancer

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(NaturalNews) Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant and is commonly used to fight off a cold. Recent studies have cast a much brighter light on this underrated and extremely necessary vitamin. Researchers from the University of Kansas found that high doses of intravenously supplied vitamin C effectively eradicates cancer cells in human subjects. Additionally, healthy…


When was the EVI last evaluated?

I would like to know the date/year of the last update of the EVI data? Based on your website, it appears that the last update was performed in 2005. If so, could you let me know when the next review is due? That is correct. The last full evaluation of the EVI was in 2005….