AusAID funds UNDP risk resilience program in the Pacific

An aerial view of Marovo Lagoon in Solomon Islands, where U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon witnessed the effects of climate change to the area during one of his visits. Solomon Islands, along with other countries in the Pacific, will benefit from a disaster risk management and climate change adaptation project worth $16.4 million. Photo by: Eskinder Debebe / UN

Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Fiji are set to benefit from a four-year, AU$16 million ($16.4 million) project on disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

While an international nongovernmental organization remains to be contracted for subnational level implementation, the U.N. Development Program and the Australian Agency for International Development are in charge of overall operations and funding, respectively.

The Pacific Risk Resilience Program will focus on risk governance by supporting integrations of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation into governments’ development planning and budgeting, and community-level risk management through strengthened resilience and small-scale implementation of the initiatives.

In a press release, AusAID Minister-Counselor for Pacific-Suva John Davidson notes that the four countries in which the project will pilot are most at risk of natural disasters in the region. Cooperation among all levels is important to ensure the project’s positive and sustainable impact, adds Garry Wiseman, manager of the UNDP Pacific Center.

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