IUCN Oceania Regional Office Joins the Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network

25 May 2009 | News story

The Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network was established at the behest of the Pacific Island Leaders in 2006. This Partnership Network, facilitated by the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) was established primarily as collaborative and cooperative mechanisms to support Pacific Island countries in relation to capacity building for disaster risk management.

The Partnership Network exists to assist member countries with adaptation and implementation of the Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework of Action, 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters, designed to reflect the global Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities.

IUCN’s area of interest in disaster risk management relates to particularly :

• the effects of climate change on biodiversity and human livelihoods;
• how natural resource management policies and strategies can be strengthened to help countries and    communities to adapt to climate change and other natural disasters;
• how investing in nature can help mitigate against natural disasters.

IUCN is emphasizing the ecosystem-based adaptation to be included in the post-2012 adaptation framework and national adaptation strategies, with specific consideration to the linkages with economic and social development and poverty eradication.