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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 
A two week hearing has been scheduled in Samoa's Supreme Court for the trial of the former government minister, Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt. His co-defendants include two other directors and an employee of the Nonu juice company as well as his ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
Samoa's Acting Prime Minister Papalii Niko Lee Hang was among those farewelling 39 new recruits who've been training at the Samoa Marine Training Institute. He encouraged the sailors to work hard and to try and stay away from the distractions of the ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
American Samoa's director of agriculture Filifa'atali Mike Fuiava said met with counterparts in Samoa to explain the new rules, but needed more time to explain the requirements to others in the territory. He said only then, the ban on taro from Samoa ... See more..
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Radio New Zealand 
She said it affects for Bluesky subscribers in Samoa and tests have indicated the interference is emanating from American Samoa's main island of Tutuila. The regulator is due to meet today and while she says she cannot force a solution, she is hoping ... See more..
Asia Pacific Report 
The top three entries from the three areas, Australia and New Zealand, Samoa and All other Pacific Islands, win generous, cash prizes of US$1000 (NZ$1400) each. Then the overall winner judged from those three categories, receives an additional US$2000 ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
On the occasion of International Day for Disaster Reduction, tsunami evacuation drills in Samoa mobilised 1,400 students and teachers to test their school disaster preparedness and evacuation plans. Conducted simultaneously in six schools that were ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The Samoa attorney general, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, has reinforced his office's support for the fight against domestic violence. He told the Commission of Inquiry that domestic violence is unacceptable and that perpetrators will be held accountable ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
American Samoa's Governor Lolo Moliga has signed into law a bill amending the American Samoa Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, or SORNA. The changes allow American Samoa to be in substantial compliance with requirements of the US ... See more..
Daily Telegraph 
The towering Manly back-rower is a cousin to Cahill along with Samoan teammate Ben Roberts, who arrived in Australia last night for the World Cup. And it will be Cahill who energises Toa Samoa through Winterstein and Roberts. Cahill's aunt, Ruby ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
David Nomereta Uaine confirmed he had been suspended when contacted by the Samoa Observer. Last week, the Attorney General issued an order prohibiting David Uaine and another man, Fitu Goshe, from leaving the country while the investigation is in ... 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