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Palau adopts risk management plan

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KOROR (Palau Horizon, Oct. 28, 2010) - President Johnson Toribiong has signed an Executive Order adopting the 2010 Palau National Disaster Risk Management Framework (PNDRMF) on Tuesday. Executive Order (EO) No. 287 repeals the existing EO 166-99 that was adopted on the Sept. 18, 1998 as the Republic of Palau National Disaster Management Plan.  It was issued on May 10, 1999.

That plan addressed a comprehensive response and recovery arrangement. It acts as the mechanism for incorporating disaster risk reduction and mitigation measures to achieve sustainable national development planning mandated in the 2020 Palau National Master Development Plan.


Alonzo Kyota, National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) coordinator, in an interview said, “The difference between the EO 166-99 and the new EO 287 is the new commitment locally and regionally. It needs to acknowledge new threats of climate change and their impact.”

The accelerated global warming exacerbates climate variability that increases the frequency and severity of natural disasters in the Pacific. The dangers arising from disasters and national emergencies imperil a wide range of interests and require an equally broad response.

Under the new Executive Order, all Ministries and Agencies of the Executive Branch must be prepared to coordinate efforts and cooperate in order to effectively meet the challenges posed by disasters and national emergencies.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2011 17:01  


The Director of Fiji’s Mineral Resources Department, Mr. Malakai  Finau told participants in a one day Fiji National Deep Sea Mineral Consultation Workshop held in Suva recently that “with deep sea mineral exploration being granted within the Fiji waters it is important to proceed with caution, to strike a balance between economic development and the protection of the environment.”

The workshop is part of in-country stakeholder consultation process organized by SOPAC Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) through the European Union funded Deep Sea Mineral Project in fifteen Pacific ACP States. This consultation allows government officials as well as representatives of the private sector, academic institutions and civil society groups to explore issues relating to deep seabed minerals and mining.   

Similar meetings have already been held in Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Samoa and now Fiji.  According to SPC-EU Deep Sea Mineral Project Team Leader, Akuila Tawake, there will be a further ten countries where the consultation workshops will be held in the next five months.