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15 August 2016

A joint Environment Summit and Disaster Risk Management Platform is being held this week (15-19 August) in Weno, Chuuk, to address challenges related to the impacts of disasters throughout the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Office of Environment and Emergency Management (OEEM) is leading the event, joining these critical topics together to ensure a common focus and agreement is made on a way forward to address the vulnerabilities communities face in terms of disaster.

This timely national event is supported by the European Union’s €19.37million Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific Project (BSRP) implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) along with OEEM and the International organisation for Migration (IOM).



This Summit is the culmination of years of work beginning with a National Integrated Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change policy, adopted in 2013.  This was followed by a Joint State Action Plan for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change developed by the four states of FSM.

This is the first real opportunity to bring together all the key stakeholders from all states including representatives from the national and state governments, international and regional organizations, development partners, and civil society organisations such as the women associations and persons with disabilities, ensuring the way forward is diverse and inclusive of all sectors of the community.

OEEM Director, Andrew Yatilman, said that the FSM Government is committed to address the impacts of climate change and disasters to minimize hardship at community level.  He further thanked the partners for their continued support in this important conference.

The Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner said, ''This event will lead to clear and inclusive plans on how to reduce the negative impact of disaster and climate change on communities.

“The EU commends the work of the FSM government for leading the way in creating a diverse and long-term plan that will lead to safer and more resilient communities in FSM,” he said.

SPC’s Disaster Risk Management Officer in the North Pacific, Noa Tokavou, will help facilitate the event and said “this is a momentous occasion for the government, community of FSM and the partners involved as it directly supports the long-term prosperity of the country for its people against the risk of disaster into the future.”


Media contacts

Cindy Ehmes, Assistant Director Environment, Office of Environment and Emergency Management (OEEM), Palikir, POHNPEI, FSM,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,   +691 320 8814

Noa Tokavou, Officer, DRM North Pacific, SPC’s North Pacific Regional Office, Pohnpei, FSM, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , +691 320 7523

Kasim Mohammed Nazeem, Press Information Officer, European Union +679 8672 255 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Background information

The ACP-EU Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific project (BSRP) is a €19.37million project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC).  The objective of the project is to reduce the vulnerability, as well as the social, economic and environmental costs of disasters caused by natural hazards, thereby achieving regional and national sustainable development and poverty alleviation in ACP Pacific Island States.

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Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2016 15:16  

Newsflash

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the April edition of Snapshots. As is usually the there are a number of interesting developments in DRM capacity building across the region that we have been fortunate to be able to contribute to and I hope you enjoy reading about them in this addition.

In addition, we are pleased to advise that good progress is being made on securing €20 million for Pacific ACP States in relation to the EU EDF10 ACP-EU Natural Disaster Facility. We’re working hard to complete the necessary documentation for the NDF this year so that the funds can flow through to the region to facilitate implementation of country priorities in early 2013.

These funds will provide complementary support to a range of funding mechanisms which the region benefits from already through both the ‘disaster’ lens and as well through Climate Change Adaptation support.

I hope you enjoy this edition.

Mosese Sikivou Read Online

Deputy Director,
Disaster Reduction Programme

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