The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has been charged by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region with the protection and sustainable development of the region's environment. Our Vision: The Pacific environment, sustaining our livelihoods and natural heritage in harmony with our cultures. SPREP's activities are guided by its Strategic Action Plan 2011-2015. Develop through extensive consultation with Members, Secretariat programme staff and partner organizations, the plan establishes four strategic priorities: climate change; biodiversity and ecosystem management; waste Management and Pollution Control; and environmental monitoring and governance.
Disaster Reduction Goal
In recognition of the fact that climate change adaptation relates very closely to disaster risk management and reduction, the climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk management (DRM) communities have increasingly started to work together in the Pacific, to produce what are known as Joint National Action Plans. Many of the disasters experienced in the Pacific relate to climate, and will be further exacerbated by climate change. For example
Policies and Programmes in DRR
Joint National Action Plans for climate change adaptation and disaster risk management. Mainstreaming of climate change and disaster risks.
Membership in Key Networks
Council of Regional Organizations of the Pacific Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Pacific Disaster Platform Development Partners for Climate Change
Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)
Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) JNAP
Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)
PIFACC Pacific Islands Meteorological Strategy Finland Pacific Meteorological Support project (FINPAC)
Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)
Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)
Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)
Dr Netatua Pelesikoti, Director, Climate Change Division Neville Koop, Meteorology and Climatology Adviser Espen Ronneberg, Climate Change Adviser Diane McFadzien, Climate Change Adaptation Adviser