TC Winston

TC Winston ‘Lessons Learned’ workshop underway

Key stakeholders will be looking at avenues to understand better crucial lessons learned during the pre-disaster period while undergoing the Tropical Cyclone Winston National Lessons Learned three-day-workshop.  Led by the Ministry of National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), the core focus of the workshop is to hear out challenges faced by different stakeholders following the devastation that TC […]

Salote Qalubau

July 27, 2016 8:00 am

Key stakeholders will be looking at avenues to understand better crucial lessons learned during the pre-disaster period while undergoing the Tropical Cyclone Winston National Lessons Learned three-day-workshop. 

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Meleti Bainimarama. (Newswire)
The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Meleti Bainimarama. (Newswire)

Led by the Ministry of National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), the core focus of the workshop is to hear out challenges faced by different stakeholders following the devastation that TC Winston caused in February 2016.

Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Permanent Secretary, Meleti Bainimarama said the Fiji NDMO is committed to ensuring that Fiji recovers and builds back better and stronger from the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston.

BAINIMARAMA:  “This cyclone shows the impact of disaster on our people and the great work that was done to protect the lives and livelihoods of those affected but we can always do better and look into the future to continue to be more resilient to natural disaster.”

This event is funded by the European Union’s Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific Project (BSRP) implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) with funding support from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) are also offering technical support.

The Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner said the workshop would lead to real and tangible outcomes for Fiji.

WAGNER: “The EU has reserved 23 million EURO (more than 50 million FJD) to support Fiji in the recovery from the impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston. The EU is therefore fully committed to help Fiji in becoming more resilient to natural disasters. It supports this series of workshops which will lead to real and tangible outcomes for the communities affected.

“The EU commends the Fijian Government and the Pacific Community (SPC) for this innovative work.”

Director-General of the Pacific Community, Dr Colin Tukuitonga congratulated the firm partnership between SPC and the Fijian Government in finding long-term solutions to disaster resilience in the country.

TUKUITONGA: “The vulnerability that many Pacific Island countries face during greats disaster became evident when Cyclone Winston unleashed devastation just over five months ago and we are proud to be working as a strategic partner with the Fijian Government to make meaningful strides in creating a more resilient and responsive country to these types of hazards.”

” Our technical and scientific support will continue to be dedicated to ensuring the real impact of disaster is reduced on the people of the Pacific in the future and this is a testament to that work.”

The Tropical Cyclone Winston National Lessons Learned Workshop will  end with a panel discussion on the way forward to disaster resilience to protect the people of Fiji into the future.

Meanwhile, a  final report will be submitted to the Cabinet to support future response efforts in the coming months.

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