Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction

Regional exchanges on the topic of disaster risk reduction in the French Pacific territories will take??place at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Headquarters from 8 to 12 March.

This event has been organised by French Polynesia?s Department of Defence and Civil Protection with the help of SPC and its Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC).

Made possible by European funding, these exchanges are designed to involve the French Pacific territories in discussions on tsunami risks and allow them to exchange their experiences in that area. The participants will include disaster manager from New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna, along with a representative of the French Ministry of Overseas Departments and Territories. The disaster management approach taken in the English-speaking world, particularly the New Zealand model, will be presented.

Outside speakers, most notably from IRD (French Institute of Research for Development), SHOM (French Ministry of Defence?s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service) and French Polynesia?s LDG Geophysical Laboratory, will share their expertise and viewpoints on tsunami risk management and the improvements that need to be made in that area.

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