Bougainville members want disaster preparedness plan for AROB

Jun 25, 2018

ABG Minster for Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation and Member for Siwai, Hon. Albert Punghau said disaster preparedness is vital for the region because of the AROBs proneness to disasters. ©Kim Allen/UNDP

Buka, Monday 25 June  2018  The Boungainville Regional  Disaster Office will develop district disaster preparedness plans to ensure the safety of the people of the Autonoumous Region of Bougainville (AROB).  

This follows a request from the Members of the Bougainville House of Representatives (BHOR) after a presentation on the region’s vulnerability to disasters. The presentation was conducted by United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) experts on Disaster Risk Management  (DRM). 

The Autonomous Region of Bougainville is one of five regions in Papua New Guinea prone to tsunami and other natural disasters. According to the United Nations University, Papua New Guinea including AROB is the 10th most vulnerable country in the world.

UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Tracy Vienings said: “We will be facing disasters in the future as we have in the past. We need to be aware of the different types of disasters and the right measures in place so people know what to do.  Decision makers are key in supporting communities to plan, fund and awareness raise awareness on disaster preparedness.”

Minster for Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation and Member for Siwai, Hon. Albert Punghau said: “Mainstreaming disaster risk management in infrastructure development plans such as better roads and bridges is important. With better planning, we’ll be able to respond more effectively during disaster events.”

Manager for Adaptation and Mitigation,AROB Regional Disaster and Emergency Service Office, Janely Dau said: “There is still a lot of work to be done in preparing the people to better respond to disasters. While this plan will help us work at the community level, we will require the support of Government to implement there plans across districts.”

UNDP’s Disaster Risk Management Project is working in partnership with the ABG, the National Disaster Centre, civil society groups and other humanitarian organisations to better inform the the people of AROB on disaster preparedness. The project is funded by the Government of Australia.

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Kim Allen, UNDP Communications Clerk, +675 7139 3886 ,

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