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NDC working on disaster preparedness

Solomon Islands: National Disaster Council (NDC) of the Solomon Islands, with support from a team from GNS Science Pacific Disaster Centre and SOPAC (Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission), is collecting building and other infrastructure data in the Solomon Islands during March 2010. This project is a joint effort of Asian Development Bank/World Bank Regional Partnership for climate change adaptation and disaster preparedness initiative to measure vulnerability and risk from earthquake and cyclone hazards in Pacific Island countries.

“Data would be collected in a form that could be used in any GIS system to ensure it had maximum utility for the project and for the countries involved. The field data collection will involve staff from each of the country governments and use hand-held computers with integrated camera and GPS,” said, Mr Phil Glassey, Project leader, GNS Science.

The work will be carried out in eight Pacific countries – the Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The data collection started in the Cook Islands in February and will finish in Tonga in September 2010. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in September 2011.

Loti Yates, Director NDC said that this survey would contribute to the understanding of the risks from natural hazards, such as cyclones, tsunami and earthquakes. It will help the Solomon Island Government to plan for appropriate risk reduction measures and enhance disaster preparedness.

Data for each country will be retained by the country with a regional database held and maintained by SOPAC. The data will help local and regional decision-making processes and support greater resilience to the impacts of natural disasters and climate change.

Source: Soloman Star News