The objective of the grant is to provide on-demand and accelerated post-disaster support to the Government of Tonga in developing baseline databases for post-disaster assessment and recovery, assessing post-disaster damages, losses, and needs, and planning short, medium, and long-term recovery interventions including developing sector-specific recovery plans and preparing recovery financing strategies.The grant supported the procurement of relevant technical experts to support the preparation and implementation of a rapid damage assessment of key sectors and associated
analytical support to develop recommendations for the government’s
post-disaster recovery recovery program. With travel to Tonga not
permitted due to COVID-19 restrictions, support was provided by both remote
and locally based experts.. The specialists provided (i) inputs to rapid assessments to locally
based consultants/government counterparts for damage assessments in critical
sectors (including building/infrastructure, agriculture, housing,
tourism, transport); (ii) provide technical support, coordination, and quality
assurance of data collection to carry out the rapid assessment, and; (iii)
Engineering and analytical support to assess and quantify the extent of damage,
loss and recovery needs.

Sendai Priorities

Priority 1Understanding disaster risk
Priority 2Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
Priority 3Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
Priority 4Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction