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As a small island in the Pacific Ocean, Samoa is uniquely vulnerable to changes in the environment. In particular, storms and tsunamis pose a serious threat to Samoa, as evidenced by the devastating tsunami of 2009.1 Additionally, climate change, although still poorly understood, has the potential to be a prominent concern in Samoa. If weather patterns or sea levels change, the small island of Samoa, with its delicate ecosystems, will be in a position of exposure.2 Finally, overfishing and marine pollution have threatened Samoa's coastal aquatic biodiversity.3 The International Panel on Climate Change recently ranked Samoa as the 6th most vulnerable country to climate change and 8th in regards to potential economic losses.4

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1 http://mceer.buffalo.edu/infoservice/disasters/Samoa-Tsunami-2009.asp
2 http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Asia-and-Oceania/Samoa-ENVIRONMENT.html#b
3http://www.samoaobserver.ws/other/climate-change/9912-samoa-among-10-pacific-nations-most-vulnerable-to-climate-change
4 Ibid
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Samoa News

Radio New Zealand 
The American Samoa ban on imported taro from Samoa remains in place while officials wait on assessments of an apparent virus in some plants found on Upolu. The American Samoa director of agriculture, Filifa'atali Mike Fuiava, imposed the ban the week ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The Wales rugby coach Robin McBryde says he is proud of how his team rose to the challenge of a dogged Samoa team and difficult wet conditions in Apia last night. Wales bagged a second consecutive win over a Pacific team, beating Manu Samoa 19-17 ... See more..
Samoa Observer (press release) (blog) 
On Thursday afternoon, two teams from opposite ends of the world, come together to take part in a friendly Rugby match at the Samoa Rugby Union in Tuanaimato. The Rhyfelwyr Llanelli Warriors of Wales, are a team consisting of players with a mixed range ... See more..
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ESPN 
Samoa Joe had a star-making turn at Extreme Rules by winning the No. 1 contendership to Brock Lesnar's Universal title, and he's run forward like a freight train of momentum ever since. So much so, in fact, that he's shockingly unseated longtime No. See more..
Radio New Zealand 
Samoa's school system is under scrutiny over principals' salaries and the school fee grant scheme. In his budget speech, the government MP for Safata i Sisifo, Lea'ana Ronnie Posini, called on the Minister of Education, Loau Keneti Sio, to look into ... See more..
TVNZ 
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WalesOnline 
You can hear the Welsh national anthem sung with passion and emotion at rugby matches all over the world. In Cardiff, you might hear it with the awesome power of a choir and brass band. In other stadiums you might get a live singer and backing speakers. See more..
Fiji Sun Online 
This is about a deal which would both help Samoa reestablish its own national flag carrier, and provide work for Fiji Airways, including increased aircraft utilisation. Shaenaz Voss, Fiji Airways Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, confirmed ... See more..
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Radio New Zealand 
The Unit Trust of Samoa has had another record year but ownership of a key strategic investment is about to change. The Samoa government backed trust's year-end payout of just over one and a half million US dollars was buoyed by a US$400-thousand ... See more..
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Geography

Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand
Area

Total 2,831 sq km
Land 2,821 sq km
Water 10 sq km

Climate

tropical; rainy season (November to April), dry season (May to October)
Natural Resources

hardwood forests, fish, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

occasional typhoons; active volcanism

volcanism: Savai'I Island (elev. 1,858 m), which last erupted in 1911, is historically active Savai'I Island (elev. 1,858 m), which last erupted in 1911, is historically active
Current Environmental Issues

soil erosion, deforestation, invasive species, overfishing

Demographics

Nationality
Samoan
Population
195,476 (July 2013 est.)
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The economy of Samoa has traditionally been dependent on development aid, family remittances from overseas, agriculture, and fishing. The country is vulnerable to devastating storms. Agriculture employs roughly two-thirds of the labor force and furnishes 90% of exports, featuring coconut cream, coconut oil, and copra. The manufacturing sector mainly processes agricultural products. One factory in the Foreign Trade Zone employs 3,000 people to make automobile electrical harnesses for an assembly plant in Australia. Tourism is an expanding sector accounting for 25% of GDP; 122,000 tourists visited the islands in 2007. In late September 2009, an earthquake and the resulting tsunami ...See More severely damaged Samoa, and nearby American Samoa, disrupting transportation and power generation, and resulting in about 200 deaths. In December 2012, extensive flooding and wind damage from Tropical Cyclone Evan killed four people, displaced over 6,000, and damaged or destroyed an estimated 1,500 homes in Samoa's Upolu island. The Samoan Government has called for deregulation of the financial sector, encouragement of investment, and continued fiscal discipline, while at the same time protecting the environment. Observers point to the flexibility of the labor market as a basic strength for future economic advances. Foreign reserves are in a relatively healthy state, the external debt is stable, and inflation is low. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.146 billion (2012 est.); $1.132 billion (2011 est.); $1.11 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coconuts, bananas, taro, yams, coffee, cocoa
Industries

food processing, building materials, auto parts