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Baseline Data and Information

There is still something of a paucity of accurate baseline data and information to support informed decision-making on matters of disaster risk reduction and by extension on sustainable national development. While some attempts are being made by DRP supported by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science, New Zealand AIR Worldwide and the Pacific Disaster Center, to establish national and regional risk databases there must be more support from partners and relevant national agencies.

Scientific and Technical Assessments

In relation to the provision of baseline data and information there is a need to expand the knowledge base regarding DRM and climate change in the Pacific through risk assessments, modelling and mapping, post-disaster physical, socio-economic, and environmental damage and loss assessments across all sectors such as agriculture and tourism and lifeline services such as water, to inform decision making and build resilience. In this connection there is also need to incorporate best practices and lessons learned from traditional DRM practices with applied scientific and technical methodologies and approaches.

Early Warning Systems

The PICTs continue to be challenged by the physical remoteness of many communities in terms of developing and supporting end-to-end multi-hazard early warning systems appropriate and sustainable within the region. In this regard there is a need for increased investments in community preparedness, and to continue support for relevant technical agencies such as national meteorological and hydrological services, and as well to identify new and innovative approaches through dialogue and exchanges with our partners.

For more information, contact:

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Senior Advisor Risk Reduction

2. Mereoni Ketewai
Assistant Risk Mapping Officer



Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 07:10  


Newsflash

Welcome to August issue of Snapshots! We’ve just completed a very useful and rewarding series of meetings under the Pacific Platform for DRM 2010. This year the Platform consisted of the 16th Regional Disaster Managers Meeting (which took the form of a professional development workshop for the disaster managers) and the 5th Annual Meeting of the Pacific DRM Partnership Network. Many of the participants to both meetings expressed their gratitude and satisfaction with the opportunity to exchange ideas and to learn of the many happenings in DRM around the Pacific as well as globally.

Presentations from partner organisations from the Caribbean added to the rich diversity of the exchanges that took place.

One of the important parts of the meeting was the opportunity afforded to SOPAC to share its Strategic Plan with regional disaster managers. We look forward to their feedback to value add to the current draft. This will be presented to the SOPAC Governing Council for endorsement in October 2010.

I hope you enjoy this edition.

Mosese Sikivou