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Regional meeting agree on disaster management strategy

June 6, 2014 5:11 am

The 6th Session Of The Pacific Platform For Disaster Risk Management has come out with a draft strategy to forge forward the region’s concerns and disaster risk management plans.

SPC’s Deputy Director Disaster Risk Programme Mosese Sikivou says, the paper provides strategic guidance to the region on priority actions that can be taken to address and build the resilience of our nations and communities to disaster and impacts of climate change.

Sikivou says, the locations of islands in the Pacific puts the region in a better position influence how the strategy is to unfold.

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Pacific Tsunami Consultant Rajendra Prasad says, the pacific has a good chance of bargaining with the super powers on disaster risk issues by using the ocean as bargaining tool.

Once formalised the draft strategy will be presented in the 2015 world climate change conference in Japan for implementation by the pacific region in 2016

Meanwhile, the meeting also agreed on a collective effort to mainstreaming the intergration of work on adaptation and disaster risk reduction, strive towards development which is low carbon in nature and implementation of priority actions to help the region better prepare for, and respond to disasters.

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