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Disaster "lessons learned" workshop underway

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by George Herming

A two days workshop on the “lessons learned” following the April Floods in Honiara and parts of Guadalcanal is underway in Honiara.

The workshop brings together a diverse group of people and organizations who have been involved in and still involved in the disaster management operations of the April Floods.

Workshop participants were drawn from a range of stakeholders including Government Agencies, the Donor Community, International Humanitarian Agencies and NGOs.

It also provides a platform for stakeholders to share their experiences and challenges and to setup a roadmap to improve their operations in future disaster events.

Opening the workshop this morning, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Meteorology and Chair of the National Disaster Council, Dr Melchior Mataki said Solomon Islands is country at risk of natural disasters every year and preparing response plans for future disasters is critical.

“To achieve proper responses to future disasters, organizations and people should be flexible to apply lessons distilled from their experiences, rationalize their relevance based on recent disasters and the evolving context and increase their robustness to plan for new disaster operations,” Dr Mataki said.

Discussions today covered a wide range of areas including early warning systems, assessments and responses, logistics and support, welfare and IDPs, livelihoods and Donor and NGO support towards disaster operations.

On day 2, discussions will focus on challenges facing the structure of the National Disaster Operations Center (NDOC) and mapping out a way forward for a robust National Disaster Response Management (NDRM) plan for Solomon Islands. The workshop concludes on Wednesday 8th October