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National Disaster Management Act And Plan To Be Reviewed

National Disaster Management Act And Plan To Be Reviewed
May 19
14:25 2018

The National Disaster Man­agement Act [NDMA] 1998 and the National Disaster Management Plan 1995 [NDMP] are under review.

The review is to modernise the plan and legislation taking into consideration new emerging issues such as security, gender equality and disability and humanitarian coordination.

This was highlighted by the Min­istry of Rural and Maritime Devel­opment, Disaster Management, and Meteorological Services, Deputy Secretary, Loata Vakacegu while opening the workshop to launch the Fiji’s National Disaster Manage­ment Act and Plan Review.

“Considerations for the relevant plans and legislation have been vi­tal in knowing and understanding the structure and responsibilities of Government, key responders and humanitarian partners in both pe­riods of peacetime and disasters,” Ms Vakacegu said.

The ministry is also working in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies, the Fiji Red Cross Society, and the European Un­ion through the Pacific Community under its Building Safety and Resil­ience in the Pacific Programme.

“Their commitment to assist us in moving forward with this leg­islative review, will also help us improve our service delivery for communities that we serve,” Ms Vakacegu added.

The IFRC has also been commend­ed for its support due to the experi­ence and expertise in international and disaster humanitarian law.

Source: DEPTFO News

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