Delegates from the Pacific region came together today to officially launch the Pacific Resilience Program (PREP) - a series of projects to strengthen Pacific Island countries’ resilience to natural disasters and climate change.
The project was launched as part of a 3-day workshop where participants from Pacific Island governments, regional bodies and project staff will receive training to support the implementation of the Program, which will include initiatives and activities related to early warning tools, risk reduction investments and financial planning for disasters. "PREP allows us to work together with our Pacific neighbors, to take a pro-active approach to managing natural disasters in the region," said Siaosi Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga. "We are committed to strengthening Tonga against future natural disasters and being a partner in this initiative is an important part of that strategy." A partnership between Tonga, Samoa, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, the Pacific Community (SPC), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the World Bank, PREP uses a regional approach to disaster risk management to share expertise and increase economies of scale.