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Breaking Down Weather Information Vital: UNDP

There is a need for community members and leaders to understand information and take action during natural disasters, says UNDP’s Country Director and Head of Regional Policy and Programme, Bakhodir
19 Oct 2016 11:15
Breaking Down Weather Information Vital: UNDP
(From left) Dr Andrew Tait, Chairman of the Pacific Islands Climate Services Panel, Lui Naisara, Deputy Secretary, Policy and Planning, Ministry of Transport, Lisa-Anne Jepsen, World Meteorological Organisation, Dr Netatua Pelesikoti, Climate Change Director (SPREP) Councillor Russian Embassy Natalia Nefedova, Dmitry Maximychev, Deputy Director, Department of International Organizations, and the UNDP Country Director and Head of Regional Policy and Programme Bakhodir Burkhanov. Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

There is a need for community members and leaders to understand information and take action during natural disasters, says UNDP’s Country Director and Head of Regional Policy and Programme, Bakhodir Burkhanov.

Mr Burkhanov was speaking during the Second Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum (PICOF-2) at Tanoa International Hotel Nadi on Monday.

“Despite the advancement of technology and the prior availability of accurate information on adverse weather systems, there is little that can be done to safeguard lives and property if the community members and leaders are not able to understand the information and take necessary action,” Mr Burkhanov said.

“There is a need for community members and leaders to be able to understand the information and take necessary action during natural disaster.

“We have seen the devastation of cyclones and other climate related geo-hazards and the impact that they have had on communities in particular, and the countries as a whole.

“There is certainly more needs to be done to help our countries better anticipate and prepare for cyclones and adverse weather conditions.

“We might not be able to control when and where a disaster strikes, but we can certainly educate and prepare communities to ensure that there are the appropriate preventive measures and local plans in place to protect them and their vital assets.”

Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport Deputy Secretary Policy and Planning, Lui Naisara, said the realisation of this information would allow people to revisit the status or infrastructure that the economy depended on, particularly vulnerable communities.

The two-day Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum ended yesterday.

This event brings national, regional and international experts from the disaster risk reduction, meteorological and climate services sector to provide a platform to consolidate seasonal forecasts from multiple sources.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback:  litia.tikomailepanoni@fijisun.com.fj



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