Bula Readers! Welcome to this edition of Snapshots for June 2012.
We officially reached the mid-point of 2012 and it’s been a particularly busy time for all of us at the SOPAC Disaster Reduction Programme. During June a number of us were involved in the launch of the World Bank’s Policy and Practice Note for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific Islands Region which took place in Suva on 3rd – 4th June .
After that we switched gears a bit and coordinated a workshop the very same week, with our colleagues in the UNISDR and SPREP on 7th – 8th June in relation to the 2011 – 2013 national progress reviews in all Pacific island countries for the Hyogo Framework for Action and the Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action 2005 – 2015. Following the workshops we immediately launched into the national progress reviews and by the time of writing this reviews have been completed in Palau, Niue and Fiji.
Two of our staff became the first from our programme to provide capacity building support to Pitcairn Island, as part of the EU- funded EDF9 project for Overseas Countries & Territories and their experience is included in these pages.
There’s been quite a lot of DRM training over the course of the year and June provided its ‘supply’ as well. Our Training and Capacity Building team cover the training undertaken to date.
Moving forward we continue our build up to the 2012 Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management which is to be held in Noumea, New Caledonia from 17th – 21st September. There are so many details that we need to work out but we’re confident that working alongside our colleagues in the New Caledonia government we will be able to provide all participants with a rewarding and meaningful experience.
I hope you enjoy reading this edition.