The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) conducted its annual review of the Community Disaster and Climate Risk Management (CDCRM) Program at Taumeasina Island Resort. The objective of the review was to revisit and reassess the CDCRM Toolkit that is currently use to practically deliver this program in grassroots level nation-wide.
The CDCRM Program led by NDMO is delivered by a local team of experts from the fields of community development, disaster risk management, land management, climate change, environment resource management, statistics, meteorology, agriculture, infrastructure, social inclusion, public health, family safety, mental health support, emergency managers and first responders. These experts are representatives from government ministries, non-government organizations and church based organization collectively called the response agencies that are at the forefront delivering this program to our communities and villages.
The CDCRM Program was design to build the capacity and knowledge of our vulnerable communities to enhance their preparedness, response and adaptive capacity towards the adverse impacts of disasters and climate change. The CDCRM program encourages villagers to take responsibility for their own protection on the threats of a disaster and to boost awareness and knowledge on the possible impacts and response actions. Moreover, the program undertakes an inclusive approach that requires the participation of Alii ma Faipule council, the women’s committee, aumaga and taulelea, the youth including school children, and people with disabilities. To date, the program has covered more than 100 communities in Samoa with the remaining communities in the pipeline and in planning stages. The delivery of the program was greatly hindered by the measles outbreak and COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
The rolling out of the program to communities is predominantly dependent on our development partners from UNDP, UN WOMEN, GEF, SPREP, GCF, NZMFAT, USAid and DFAT. Their immense support, commitment and collaborative efforts to building resilience in Samoa has shown through provision of technical assistance and funding to deliver and sustain the program.
Lastly, the program acknowledges the Economy Wide Adaptation to Climate Change UNDP/ GEF Funded project for supporting the 2 days review workshop as well as committing assistance in rolling out of the CDCRM Program to almost 50 villages.