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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

BBC Sport 
England's Gareth Widdop will miss the mid-season Test match against Samoa after he was ruled out for six weeks with knee ligament damage. The stand-off suffered the injury to his left knee playing for NRL side St George Illawarra Dragons during their ... See more..
SBS 
Wayne Bennett says he won't stand in the way of Broncos pivot Anthony Milford playing for Samoa in next week's rugby league Test against his England side. See more..
Samoa Observer (press release) (blog) 
The Director of the the Samoa Returnees Charitable Trust, Magele Vernon Mckenzie told the Samoa Observer , “We want to promote our latest counselling initiative. We have been instrumental in pushing for stronger laws (legislation) such as the 'Sex ... See more..
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RedsRugby.com.au (press release) 
The BMW Australian U20s side to play Samoa on Friday evening in the opening round of the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship has been named with St.George Queensland Reds backrower Reece Hewat given the captaincy duties for Australia. See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The books author, Tony Brunt, said the pictures had captured historical moments in Samoa. "One of the primary motivations is to get these photos that are historically significant out of purely private collections and into the digital archives of the ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The editor of the Samoa Observer newspaper is raising media freedom concerns after police searched the paper's premises looking for the identity of an online ... See more..
Samoa Observer (press release) (blog) 
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi sent the anglers of the 2017 Samoa International Game Fishing Tournament on their way on Monday. Tuilaepa pulled the trigger to start the tournament and immediately the first started rolling in and there was ... See more..
Courier Mail 
“I want to put my hand up to play for Samoa but the Broncos are the ones that pay the bills,” Milford said. Anthony Milford is no certainty play for Samoa. Picture: Jack Tran. “If the body is good, I don't see why I couldn't play for Samoa. “It's a ... See more..
Samoa Observer (press release) (blog) 
He is here to learn more about the arrangement between Samoa and his country in relation to Tui Samoa Cable. In the beginning of the month, the government had initiated negotiations with Tokelau and Tuvalu over the possibility of connecting the three ... See more..
The Boston Globe 
President Trump on Tuesday formally nominated former US senator Scott P. Brown to serve as his ambassador to both New Zealand and Samoa, the latest turn ... 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