Bougainville News: Integrating disaster risk management into development plans of Bougainville

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These developmental interventions are likely to reshape the disaster risk in the region, as development is not risk neutral. Bougainville is prone to a number of hazards including earthquake, tsunami, king tide, floods, landslides and floods.

Bougainville is on verge of a major developmental shift as a number of policy, programs and projects on various aspects of development ranging from the opening of the airport in Arawa to the construction of the Office of the Disaster management of Bougainville and from the mining policy to the impact projects are on anvil.

UNDP in partnership with the Autonomous Bougainville Government conducted training on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management into Development Planning and Implementation in Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
The training targeted the development planning related officials and development partners. The overall objective was to enable the participants on ‘how to’ mainstream DRM concerns into the development processes and identify steps to operationalize it.

Two-day training was attended by representatives of the Technical Services Department, the Buka Urban Council, the Law and Justice Department, IOM, UN Women, Red Cross, Office of Disaster Management and Leitana, a local NGO. Mr. Sudhir Kumar, UNDP and Mr. Franklin Leslie, Disaster Management Coordinator of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville facilitated the training.

The training included concepts and approaches for mainstreaming DRM into development as well as case studies on mainstreaming from a number of countries. It helped the participants to appreciate the importance of Disaster risk management for Sustainable development and understand the know-how of mainstreaming DRM into development of Bougainville.

Ms. Helen Hakena mentioned that the training was very informative as well as interesting and she will do some radio programs to share the information. She will also try to include DRM considerations in developmental interventions of her organization. Ms. Agnes of UN Women shared the same view and she will include DRM in her future public role. The training also identified a number of support measures for mainstreaming DRM and Office of the Disaster Management of Bougainville assured to pursue the identified actions.

Citizens of Tinputz district in Bougainville are now better prepared for disasters

Tinputz district team, responsible for development of disaster-risk management plan

Tinputz, Bougainville, Provincial Government of Tinputz district and development partners finalized the first District Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Plan for the district.

This model Tinputz District DRM Plan has been jointly drafted by the district level agencies and development partners with technical assistance from Disaster Risk Management Office of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and UNDP.

The plan was developed through comprehensive and participatory process, involving all district agencies, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and faith-based organisations as well as community consultations.

Tinputz district is prone to a number of disasters, which includes flooding, tidal surge/king tide, earthquake, tsunami, landslide, drought and disease outbreak. Climate change is further aggravating the situation as future disasters are likely to be more intense. Unplanned development and increase in population are other two key factors for increase in the disaster risk.

The plan analyses various disasters the district is prone to and provides guidance to establish a coordination mechanism at the district level to effectively respond to disaster situations.  The plan also outlines the disaster management roles and responsibilities of different departments at the district and includes clear instructions on how to set up early-warning systems for disasters.

This was the first attempt to develop the District level DRM Plan and it will serve as a model for other districts. “The DRM Plan is a highlight to Tinputz District because it’s a first of its kind and it gives further understanding on the different roles stakeholders in the district have to actually operationalize the Plan” noted Mr. Thomas Amos, the Paramount Chief Inus, Tinputz. He thanked UNDP and ECHO for supporting the initiative and cautioned that the operationalization of this Plan is key

The Executive Manager of Tinputz District congratulated all stakeholders involved in the process and thanked UNDP for the support. He mentioned the need to develop a strategic plan to operationalize the DRM Plan and expressed the support of UNDP in this important next step.

The initiative is part of a wider work of UNDP on building country’s capacity to withstand, adapt to, and recover from natural disasters.

 

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