A GIZ expert instructs a young woman how to use the smartphone app. <br/>Photo: GIZ
A GIZ expert instructs a young woman how to use the smartphone app.
Photo: GIZ

13.01.2017

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The Pacific Islands are particularly hard hit by climate change. Smartphone apps are helping people there to protect themselves from natural disasters.

Many island states in the Asia-Pacific region are feeling the impacts of climate change particularly strongly. Large numbers of islanders earn their living from agriculture or fishing, and this makes them especially vulnerable to extreme weather events like cyclones, floods or droughts.
 
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is working with 15 island states that wish to protect themselves from the effects of climate change. Preparing local people better for extreme natural events is part of this.
 
In co-operation with network operator Digicel and the United Nations, GIZ has developed a mobile phone quiz with more than 40 multiple-choice questions for the citizens of the island state of Vanuatu, which is particularly at threat from disasters. Text messaging was used to inform residents on even the most isolated islands about climate change and explain how they can protect themselves and their harvests from storms and floods.

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