On the 15-18th May 2018, a Post Disaster Needs Assessment and Disaster Recovery Framework Workshop was conducted for all Implementing Agencies and Stakeholders of the Water and Sanitation sector at the DBS Building, Level 6 Conference Room with more than 20 participants who attended. This was the first time that such as workshop was conducted for the sector.
The facilitators of the workshop were Ms Ruth Ueselani (Sector Coordinator- Water and Sanitation Sector) and Mr Lepale Aussie Simanu (Principal Officer- Disaster Management Office) who were part of the Regional PDNA and DRF Training and Training of the Trainers (ToT) held in Fiji in April this year. This was an opportunity for them to share their knowledge and skills learned from these regional workshops with the relevant agencies and sectors.
The objective of the workshop was to better inform the IAs and stakeholders of the Water and Sanitation Sector about the advantages of applying a standard approach and methodology across the sector to conduct post disaster needs assessments, formulate a recovery strategy and a plan for its successful implementation and monitoring. This would contribute immensely to the continuous efforts of the sector on building its capacity on preparedness, risk reduction and resilience to natural disasters given the reality of the changing climate uncertainties and risks on the sector and its developments.
It is anticipated that similar PDNA and DRF workshops will be conducted across all sectors of the government as well as further refresher workshops in the forthcoming years for the Water and Sanitation Sector.