Greetings to all our readers!
We creep ever so closely towards the end of the year and recently completed the annual milestone DRM gathering for the Pacific – the 2012 Pacific Platform for DRM in September. This year the annual Platform was combined with the Regional Water and Sanitation Consultations as a means to bring about a closer working relationship between the ‘Disaster’ and ‘Water and Sanitation’ communities in addressing the challenges of disaster and climate-related risk.
There is a special section in this edition on the 2012 Pacific Platform for DRM We may have turned the corner on the 2012 Pacific Platform but discussions have already started on the 2013 joint meeting of the Pacific Platform for DRM and the Pacific Climate Change Round Table. This will be a significant milestone event as we continue the work on the formulation of the integrated regional strategy for DRM and Climate Change which we plan to complete by 2015.
There is an interesting variety of stories in this edition covering some of our areas of work and I hope you’ll enjoy them.
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