Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network Discusses Climate Change Adaptation

13 August 2010: The fifth Annual Meeting of the Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network was organized around the theme "Enhancing the Implementation of the Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action through a Multi-stakeholder Approach."

The meeting, which took place from 9-13 August 2010, in Suva, Fiji, aimed to: review the outcomes of regional and global meetings that are of key relevance to disaster risk management (DRM) in the Pacific; provide updates on the work of the Partnership Groups operating under the Partnership Network;  broaden the membership of the Pacific DRM Partnership Network to embrace additional interest groups keen to support DRM capacity building in the region; consult partners on the Mid-term Reviews of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change and the Pacific Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Framework for Action and the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), and share preliminary findings of the regional progress review in implementing the Regional Framework for Action (RFA); and strengthen South-South Cooperation with the Caribbean community by providing a platform for exchange among Pacific Island Countries, Pacific Territories and the Caribbean to share experiences of collaboration with various stakeholders on DRM.

The meeting was jointly organized by the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), the Pacific Sub Regional Office of the Secretariat for the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN Development Programme Pacific Centre (UNDP), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the Asia Foundation/USAID/Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (TAF/OFDA), the International Federation for Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), as well as the EU and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) as members of the Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network.

The Caribbean group's visit was facilitated through the project titled “South-South Cooperation between Pacific and Caribbean Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management,” which is funded by UNDP's Special Unit for South-South Cooperation and by the UNDP-Japan Partnership Fund, with in-kind contributions from UNDP Pacific Centre. The project aims to promote safety and resilience of Pacific and Caribbean SIDS communities to disasters and climate change. During the meeting, Pacific and Caribbean specialists also shared experiences in climate modeling.

Last month, the Pacific delegation visited four Caribbean countries to meet DRM and climate change specialists and visit projects.  [UNDP Pacific Centre Press Release] [Pacific Platform 2010] [SOPAC Meeting Announcement]