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Navua training

To minimise the scale of impact and improve on the ground disaster recovery, there is a need to increase community awareness and preparedness programmes, and promote engagement and ownership of ground-level initiatives in DRM and CCA. Involving the community in DRM and CCA is crucial to enhancing resilience particularly in small island countries in the region.

Whilst the bulk of the Disaster Reduction Programme’s work focuses on building national DRM capacity, DRP also has a strong commitment to supporting community based disaster risk management initiatives.

 

Navua launch

 

DRP in partnership with UNDP, NDMO, Fiji Red Cross and Live and Learn are working with communities on the Navua floodplain on reducing their risk to flooding.  The project has brought together local government and the community to improve flood response which included the installation of a flood warning system in Navua.  A flood response plan was developed and Community-based First Aid and Disaster Preparedness Workshops in Serua and Namosi Province carried out in support of this.

Specific services that the Disaster Risk Programme can provide in relation to Community based Disaster Risk  Management are the following:

  • Training support and facilitation of Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments  (VCA)
  • Community based Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Planning
  • Particapatory Community based Disaster Risk Reduction Planning
  • Documentation of traditional practices and protocol in Pacific Island countries and territories
  • Advise on integration into national disaster risk management systems

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Adviser Community based Disaster Risk Management


Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:07  


Newsflash

Coverage increases to help 6 Pacific Island Nations better respond to natural disasters

The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot was renewed today for its second season, with Cook Islands newly joining five other participating Pacific island countries - Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu - to gain insurance coverage against earthquake, tsunami and tropical cyclone risk. The second season will run from November 1, 2013 to October 31, 2014.

The insurance scheme aims to provide a rapid injection of funds in the event of a major disaster, to help governments manage the immediate costs of recovery. Access to post-disaster finance can be especially important for Pacific island countries which endure some of the highest average annual losses from natural hazards in the world – up to 6.6% of GDP.

"Becoming a member of the Pacific catastrophe risk insurance program provides us with an innovative way to work with other countries in the region and transfer some of the catastrophe risk borne by Pacific island nations to the international reinsurance market,” said Mark Brown, Minister of Finance and Economic Management for the Cook Islands. “This transaction provides us with another tool towards becoming self-reliant in disaster management, response and recovery."

The scheme’s expansion follows the request of countries during this year’s Forum Economic Ministers Meeting in Tonga to grow the program beyond the five pilot countries. Aggregate insurance coverage of the participating countries has increased from US$45 million to US$67 million, with further premium reductions for participating countries.