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Description

Coordinator: Kilateli Epu

Contact: kilateli@gmail.com

Phone #: 00688- 20517

Partnerhsip House, 

Deparment of Climate Change and Disaster

The Buildind Safety and Resilience in the Pacific project (BSRP) is commited to reducing the impacts of disaster and climate change on Pacific Island countries and communities. This is done through stregthening the region's ability to respond to existing and emerginf challenges caused by hazards and climate change and is being achieved through targeted disaster resilience strategies and climate adaptation work. 

To help overcome these challenges the Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific project is helping find practical ways to support countries to prepare for, respond to and recover from disaster. This is done through the implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies led by the countries involved in the project. These DRR strategies help assess disaster and hazard risks whilst putting measures in place to protect lives, assets and livelihoods. 

The benefit of this approach ensures governments are working to the unique priorities being faced in their individual country whilst ensuring less money is spent on disaster recovery and more is spent on helping build social and economic prosperity. The Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific project (BSRP) is helping to achieve this by working at national and regional levels with those tasked as the national disaster managers and other key stakeholders to help countries achieve higher development outcomes into long-term. 

 

Objectives
Reduce the vulnerability, as well as the social, economic and environmental costs of disasters caused by natural hazards, thereby achieving regional and national sustainable development and poverty alleviation in ACP Pacific Island States
Outputs
Tuvalu has been working to understand the lessons learned from its most recent disaster response after Cyclone Pam hit the island nation in 2015. Significant lessons and recommendations have been focused on within the BSRP project as a result of this disaster to ensure increase support and response in times of need. To apply these recommendations, communications support has been strengthened with access to computers, radio systems, and laptops for the island committees to ensure timely flow of information. Supply shelters housing critical disaster response materils have also been created in partnership with Tuvalu Red Cross and will ensure access to shelter and critical WASH, first aid supplies and food rations for 1,200 people in future disaster response. Understanding traditional knowledge of disaster and ensuring this is embedded into the scientific approaches of today has also been researched with continued work expected on this over the duration of the project.