Vanuatu: Strengthening the Institutional and Legal Framework for Disaster Risk Management

Context and Objectives

In recent years, Vanuatu faced several natural disasters, such as Tropical Cyclone Pam and volcanic eruptions (Ambae, Ambrym, Tanna). Given the increasing risk from disasters, there is a need for a Disaster Risk Reduction framework and for the harmonization of policies  amongst national-, sectoral-, and provicial levels. This will enable the Government of Vanuatu to reduce the underlying drivers of disater risk, and take effective action as early as possible after a disaster.

This ACP-EU NDRR project aims to provide technical assistance to relevant Ministries and agencies to strengthen selected national DRM policies and strategies, leading to the enhanced capacity for the implementation and prioritization of DRM programs.

Main Activities

Component 1: Mainstreaming DRM Policies and Strategies in Sectoral Development Planning.

Activities under this component will provide technical and analytical support to help the government make informed decisions about strengthening resilient development policies. The project will assist the government in analyzing current policies and strategies and identify areas where strengthening and harmonization of policies is needed for effective DRM, in particular for risk reduction.

Component 2: Resilient Recovery.

Activities under this component will support policy dialogue and technical input for an overarching "Disaster Recovery Framework". Such a Disaster Recovery Framework will offer policy- and strategic guidance for the preparation and implementation of post-disaster recovery measures and "build back better" measures, as well as for releasing, accessing and implementing sources of post-disaster finance.

Results

The project is in its inception phase.

Partnerships and Coordination

The project will be implemented in close collaboration with Vanuatu's Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Finance and Economic Management, and the Ministry of Climate Change and Natural Disasters.

Country
Region
  • Pacific
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $200,000
Duration
  • 10/2018 to 02/2020