Disaster recovery

REPRESENTATIVES of Pacific Island governments are part of a regional workshop this week learning how to determine the economic and social costs of disasters that can then inform recovery strategies to help rebuild the physical and social structures of disaster affected communities.

They will be provided with practical tools to conduct a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) to support national authorities in the design of a people-centered Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF).

The Regional Post-Disaster Needs Assessment and Disaster Recovery Framework Training is attended by representatives of the various sectors of government, private sector and civil society organisations which collectively contribute to community development, disaster risk reduction and recovery.

An immediate follow-up activity for this is Training of Trainers in order to build up a cadre of PDNA and DRF experts from the Pacific.

Addressing the launch of the workshop, Bakhodir Burkhanov, Country Director and Head of Pacific and Regional Program for the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji, urged participants to sustain, grow and share capacities for conducting such assessments and post-disaster planning activities in the region.

He also acknowledged the support of SPC in supporting this effort of recovery planning in the Pacific and in co-organising this regional training.

“We must make sure that post-disaster recovery processes are used as opportunities to promote resilient development,” he said.

“Recovery and reconstruction are not just about getting back to business as usual; simply rebuilding will only replicate the conditions which make communities vulnerable to disasters in the first place. Indeed, recovery and reconstruction mean building back better. Whenever we look at any sector, be it agriculture, water, transport, telecommunications or health, we need to ensure that we do not re-create risks, and include measures to reduce exposure to future hazards.”

The PDNA workshop is from April 9-13, 2018 followed by a Training of Trainers workshop from April 16-20.

The training is facilitated by PDNA experts and sector specialists from the World Bank, European Union, UNICEF, UNDP, ILO and FAO.