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Plan focuses on climate change adaptation

By RINU SHYYAM Planning for a new regional plan is underway to help systematically address the central challenge of ensuring communities benefit from disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.
15 Oct 2012 08:28

By RINU SHYYAM

Planning for a new regional plan is underway to help systematically address the central challenge of ensuring communities benefit from disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.
The programme, implemented by the Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) would start with four countries.
The countries initially targeted for the AUD16 million project for the period of 2012-2016 are Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Fiji.
AusAID Minister Counsellor for the Pacific, John Davidson said the four countries the project starts with were the most at risk of natural disasters in the Pacific.
“Disaster risk management and climate change adaptation share a common focus – building community resilience. Australia is pleased to support measures to build community resilience in some of the most vulnerable communities in the Pacific,” Mr Davidson said.
Garry Wiseman, manager of the UNDP Pacific Centre said importantly the programme would ensure co-operation between national, provincial and village levels in designing and implementing responses to disasters and climate change affects.




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