|Participants, facilitators and officials during the opening day of the week long Disaster Risk Management Conference at the Pohnpei State Governor's Conference Room in Kolonia, Pohnpei.|
FSMIS (June 20, 2014): Enhancing Safety and Resilience from Disasters and Climate Change Risks is the overall focus of a week-long conference organized by the FSM Office of Environment and Emergency Management (OEEM) with support from the International Office of Migration (IOM) and the 10th EDF ACP EU project in the Pacific that is being managed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
The conference is attended by various representatives of the State Governments with disaster risks management-related roles, NGO's and other key personnel from Health, Education, Public Safety, Public Works, Statistics and Weather Services. It is part of a nation-wide effort to strengthen resilience to climate change and disaster impacts of all communities throughout the FSM after the adoption of the Nationwide Integrated Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Policy and the Climate Change Act 2013.
Held at the Pohnpei State Administration Building, the conference started on June 16th with a brief formal kickoff ceremony at which Governor John Ehsa of the State of Pohnpei welcomed all participants and expressed his and Pohnpei State's support for the conference. The kickoff was also attended by members of the Diplomatic Corp.
When opening the conference, FSM OEEM Director Andrew Yatilman thanked the participants from the States as well as the facilitators and stressed the need for active participation throughout the week. He also highlighted that he anticipated having this type of get together on a yearly basis to allow for broad review of joint action on interventions and activities called for by the conference.
The participants at the conference shared experiences in their disaster response efforts at the States and viewed how disaster management plans are done in other regions. The over-riding emphasis throughout the week was, "how can the FSM and the States be more coordinated in providing internal support to one another in response to disaster and in building community resilience" apart from mitigation assistance for disaster recovery or other climate stress assistance from partners.
The conference outcome would serve to harmonize system-wide response to disaster and put in place a framework for mainstreaming actions towards building community resilience in the face of increasing threat of climate change. Each State would have the opportunity to strengthen the framework of action based on peculiar needs and priorities in coordination with the National Government counterpart and other partners.
The conference is concluding today.
For more information, contact the Office of Environment and Emergency Management at 320-8814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.