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National Integrated Water Resources Management Planning
“Water is Everybody’s Business, from Cabinet to Community”

Water bodies span large geographic areas and connect many different sectors of society. An overarching national planning process for agreeing how a country’s water resources should be managed, and how to coordinate management initiatives is a vital to ensure water gets to those who need it.

The IWRM planning programme supports member countries develop governance structures that ensure that water management is inclusive and takes into account of the needs of all users. This includes the development, promotion and implementation of appropriate policy, planning, regulatory frameworks and community awareness.

The Regional IWRM Resource Centre manages information and facilitates knowledge exchange between national and regional stakeholders, partner organisations, and other international water programmes. The Centre collects and provides resources to assist government and other actors with the information they need to implement IWRM processes and develop partnerships with other interested actors.

Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management Coordination Unit
“From Vision to Action”

The Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management is a voluntary partnership of water and wastewater stakeholders with a common goal of achieving sustainable water and wastewater management in Pacific Island Countries. The Coordination Unit of the Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management core functions are to:

a) Produce quarterly newsletters that cover Pacific News; Actions; Publications; Multimedia; Websites; and Water Agendas;

b) Develop and maintain the Pacific Water Action Matrix; and

c) Develop and maintain a database of member partners contact details.

The use of the partnership is a unique model for regional project implementation and members of the partnership are playing active roles either through participation in national activities or regional support programmes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 09:34  


The new Western Province Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) was officially opened at Gizo on Friday 18 October 2013. Construction of the new EOC was made possible through funding from the European Union under the  Disaster Risk Reduction Project (B-Envelope) implemented by the Applied Geoscience & Technology Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) based in Fiji.

In opening the building, Provincial Secretary and Acting Premier, Adrian Tony, stated that the Western Province is very much grateful for the assistance from the European Union in strengthening disaster management and the Provincial Government will ensure that the new EOC will be properly maintained to improve administration and coordination of disaster management.

He also stated that Western Province has recently experienced natural disasters with the recent tsunami that caused loss to property and human life and that the new Emergency Operation Centre will improve preparedness and reduce the risk to disasters.

The representative from SPC, George Beck, stated that Gizo is vulnerable to multi-hazards and the new EOC will provide a dedicated building from which to coordinate response to disasters as well as carry out their day-to-day operations.

He further stated that communities are already experiencing impacts to climate change and SPC is also working closely with the national Government to address important areas in policy and planning   to reduce the risks to disasters.