How Aerial Technology is Helping Pacific Island Countries Recover From Natural Disasters

An article was published on the World Bank website on 20 November 2017, highlighting the impact of the ACP-EU NDRR-funded UAV4Resilience – Utilizing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Disaster Assessments in the Pacific Islands project. Launched in January 2017, this project aims to develop the capacity and readiness of Fiji and Samoa in deploying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for disaster and climate risk assessments and rapid identification of damage to the physical environment in post-disaster situations. The project is being carried out in close collaboration with the Pacific Community (SPC), the National Emergency Management Office Tonga, the Ministries of Land, Surveying, Natural Resources and Environment (Tonga). Activities include the generation of best practice on the use for UAVs for DRM and climate resilience which can in turn be used in other sectors such as agriculture and development planning. The field tests in Fiji and Tonga that are currently being implemented will enable to learn and develop processes specific to each country’s needs.

The article can be accessed here.