Many Pacific Island countries are vulnerable to disasters such as cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes and drought but the challenges that many of these countries face from disaster are more detailed. Many of the countries this project works with are already addressing development issues such as poverty while also facing access issues to remote communities and outer islands. In addition, many of these countries rely on subsistence farming and have relatively small economies.
The Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific II project aims to reduce the impact of disasters including those caused by climate change on Pacific Island countries. BSRP II will focus on tackling underlying drivers of risk through greater understanding, preparedness, policy support and educational based initiatives at local, national and regional levels.
Working alongside governments and partners to better prepare for disaster and ultimately recover and respond more effectively whilst ensuring multisector partners are recognised as drivers of change is critical to the success of BSRP II.
This work will ultimately reduce the adverse impacts caused by disaster and the increasing impact of climate change on Pacific communities, governments and the region.
To reduce the impact of disaster, including those related to climate change in the Pacific Island Countries (PICs).
Herman Timmermans, Project Manager