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Helping communities adapt to climate change by reducing disaster risks in Samoa
7 nov. 2013 -

Just 20 minutes’ drive into the hills from the Samoan capital lies the village of Falemauga, home to 67 year-old Ale Tuiletufuga who runs a small farm with his family. The area is lush and fertile, abundant with banana and other fruit plantations. But look beneath the beauty of the setting and a different picture emerges.

In 1991, Ale was left with nothing when the two tea-houses he owned were blown down together with his entire banana plantation after Cyclone Val tore across the island. Samoa has becoming increasingly prone to severe tropical cyclones. A year earlier the country was hit by Cyclone Ofa and the damage caused by the two storms was estimated at three times the country’s gross national product.

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