FIJI can expect to be better equipped to handle disaster recovery after knowledge on the issue from around the world was brought to its doorstep in a training program by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).
UNISDR knowledge management officer, Sanjaya Bhatia said the training would assist in recovery after disasters like the floods earlier this year.
"What we're trying to do here is bring the global best practices on recovery and reconstruction and also the lessons to some of the mistakes of other countries to share with our colleagues in Fiji," he said.
"This is so that they have a better understanding of how to do post disaster recovery planning."
Mr Bhatia also acknowledged the work done locally in disaster recovery planning saying the UNISDR team wanted to learn some of the practices in Fiji to share globally.
"The idea is not to reinvent the wheel so if some country has practised some kind of method for recovery then we want to share it," he said.
Mr Bhatia said while disaster recovery is normally a job associated with government, private companies had a role to play too.
"We see that because of resource constraints it's very logical and it is common sense for the government to encourage private sector involvement in the recovery and reconstruction," he said.