SOPAC - Applied Geoscience and Technology Division - SPC

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home News & Media Releases Latest Announcement - Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management 2010

Announcement - Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management 2010

E-mail Print PDF

The Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) wishes to announce the Pacific Platform for DRM from 9th – 13th August, 2010. This years Pacific Platform for DRM is jointly organised by the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), the Pacific Sub Regional Office of the Secretariat for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the United Nation Development Programme Pacific Centre (UNDP PC), the United Nations 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 European Union (EU) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) as members of the Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network.

The Pacific Platform for DRM for 2010 will comprise the following meetings:

16th Regional Disaster Managers Meeting: Professional Development Workshop for Regional Disaster Managers,

9th – 11th August, Holiday Inn, Suva (Closed Meeting for Regional Disaster Managers and SOPAC Community Risk Programme)

The workshop will seek to examine the full nature of demands that Regional Disaster Managers currently experience (and will experience in future) and to establish their collective perception on the nature of capacity building support they require. It is anticipated that the future programme of training support to Regional Disaster Managers will comprise a mix of DRM specific capacity building and as well ‘corporate leadership/management’ capacity building.

5th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network: Enhancing the Implementation of the Pacific DRR & DM Framework for Action through a Multi Stakeholder Approach

12th – 13th August, Holiday Inn, Suva.

The 5th Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network Meeting will provide an opportunity for direct exchange and learning on matters of mutual concern to Pacific Island Countries and Territories and also the Caribbean, as well as provide a platform to share experiences of collaboration with various stakeholders on DRM.

Read Full Annoucement Here

For any immediate enquiries please contact:
Stephanie Zoll
SOPAC Adviser Community-based DRM / Pacific Platform Assistant Coordinator
Telephone : +679 338 1377, Extension 308
Fax : +679 337 0040
Email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Monday, 28 June 2010 11:18  

Newsflash

22 August 2013 - Secretariat of the Pacific Community - Suva, Fiji - Better preparing communities for cyclones, floods, droughts, and predicted sea level rise is a top priority for many Pacific island nations. The urgency to prepare however, does not justify cutting corners.

Climate change adaptation planning should follow the same national processes as any development, with environmental impact assessments, technical surveys, and cost benefit analyses.

This was the argument Dr. Arthur Webb of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Applied Geo Science and Technology Division (SOPAC) presented to a diverse audience of students, academics and development practitioners at USP Marine Science Campus on Thursday 17th August.

“Nine out of ten communities want a sea wall,” said Dr. Webb, an expert in coastal processes, “but putting concrete over a healthy beach system is an example of maladaptation. It will do more harm than good. Not only will it disrupt the flow of sediments, in many cases increasing erosion, but it’s terrible for tourism.”

Webb displayed examples of maladaptation that had been carried out in the Pacific. In one instance, mangroves were planted on an atoll coastline where they were not naturally occurring.