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SOPAC continues to strengthen the current levels of national disaster management capabilities of Pacific Island countries to become more resilient and better able to prepare for, respond to and manage the sudden onset of disasters.

Strengthening disaster management governance will include institutional, policy and decision-making processes such as disaster management legislative and planning frameworks and national focal points (NDMOs) and guidelines or models of good practice for national application.

The emergency management preparedness, response and coordination capabilities within countries will also be critically assessed to determine the level of resources and capacity that is available to protect vulnerable communities. A priority will be to ensure that effective emergency response, communication and coordination processes are established and that existing resources are utilised in the most effective way.

In terms of improved disaster response capacity the efforts of our international partners like UNOCHA, the IFRC and national Red Cross societies and The Asia Foundation working with DRP and others to support governments to develop or strengthen national arrangements, laws and policies for enhanced preparedness for national and international disaster response will continue.

The DRP Disaster Management Team provides the following services to PICTs:

  • Technical advice and support to review and update national DRM governance arrangements and legislation, operational plans and procedures
  • Support for the design and conduct of operational and table-top exercises to test emergency response plans and procedures
  • Support for the conduct of disaster risk management training in collaboration with the Pacific DRM Program of The Asia Foundation/Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance
  • Design and development of professional training courses in collaboration with TAF/OFDA and the Fiji National University

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Disaster Management Adviser – NDF Project

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 08:11  


Newsflash

Did you know that 8% of global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers?  Did you also know that most of the electricity generated in the Pacific Islands Countries and Territories is from water?

The links between these two scarce and important resources – water and energy – is the theme of this year’s World Water Day, celebrated globally on 22nd March.

Each year, World Water Day is acknowledged throughout the Pacific with the support of awareness materials prepared and distributed by the GSD Division of SPC.  This year’s theme draws attention to the vital role of water and energy sources to the sustainable development of Pacific Island Countries and Territories.

While energy is needed to pump, treat and distribute water to Pacific households, water is also an important energy source in several Pacific Island Countries, where the energy of rivers and streams is harnessed by hydro-electric facilities at the municipal, village and even household scale.

Solomone Fifita, head of the SPC Economic Development Division’s Energy Programme, noted the close linkages that exist between the conservation of water and energy resources.  “The choices we make every day on our water and energy use are closely related, and decisions on the supply, distribution, price and use of water and energy impact one another,” he said.