Need for disaster donor mechanism

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes (left) in discussions with Minister for Rural and Maritime Development, Disaster Management and Meterological Services Inia Seruiratu at the opening of the three day Pacific Civil- Military Disaster Response Cordination Workshop this morning. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THERE is need for nation states within the region to develop mechanisms for support and assistance from unaffected states to affected states during disaster events.

Minister for Rural and Maritime Development, Disaster Management, and Meteorological Services, Inia Seruiratu made these comments while opening the three day Pacific Civil-Military Disaster Response Coordination Workshop at the Grand Pacific Hotel(GPH) earlier this morning.

Mr Seruiratu said the workshop was designed to address some of the issues and simultaneously put in place the building blocks for improving civil military coordination in the region.

He said understanding civil military coordination during a disaster event was vital because both elements had their own strengths and merits.

“In some cases, they complement each other well especially during disaster recovery operations,” Mr Seruiratu said.

He reiterated that disaster events would continue to get stronger in the region and some of the current modus operandi for disaster response needed to be changed.

The workshop is being co-hosted by the Australian Government with the Australian Civil Military Centre(ACMC)  conducting the event.

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes (left) in discussions with Minister for Rural and Maritime Development, Disaster Management and Meterological Services Inia Seruiratu at the opening of the three day Pacific Civil- Military Disaster Response Cordination Workshop this morning