A GOOD response plan can help reduce the impact of storms and other disasters, whether they are linked to climate change or not. Therefore, SPC, through its Applied Geoscience and Technology (SOPAC) division, is helping countries and territories in the region develop joint national action plans on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
SPC is helping governments strengthen their disaster risk management through training for staff of national disaster agencies.
SPC is also carrying out activities in communities, such as a project — implemented with several international and local partners —to help communities on the Navua floodplain of reduce their risk to flooding.
The project has brought together local government and the community to improve flood response which included the installation of a flood warning system in Navua, development of a flood response plan, and workshops in the communities.
Resources to benefit the people of the Pacific
With funding from the European Union, SPC developed a 'Regional legislative and regulatory framework for deep sea minerals' as a guide to assist countries in developing national legislation and considering associated policy and developmental issues. Many countries currently do not have national legislation to deal with deep sea mineral exploration and the framework addresses that gap.
SPC's Oceanic Fisheries Program provides scientific information on the region's most valuable renewable resource — its tuna fishery.
The conduct of region-wide stock assessments, bio-economic modelling, data collection and biological research are important regional functions that provide essential scientific information and data for better management and decision-making on this resource, which is coming under increasing pressure. In addition to data collection, the program also helps build regional and national capacity in monitoring services to support the management of oceanic fisheries.