Launch of the Best Practice Report by Director Sammy

By Len Garae

“There could be other best practices out there however, it is good to document what we know of so that we can all learn from each other the means of securing water which is vital for our survival”.

Director of Water Resources, Erickson Sammy, made the remarks in his official address when he congratulated the University of the South Pacific for the launch of the Water Security Best Practices Report, which was compiled by USP EU GCCA staff of the different practices of water security efforts in the 15 Pacific ACP countries, in the past two weeks in Port Vila.

The two-week long workshop ended on a high note with the launch of the Water Security Best Practices Report. This was a report compiled by USP EU GCCA staff of the different practices of water security efforts in the 15 Pacific ACP countries.

It was necessary to test out and finalise the USP developed Community Integrated Vulnerability Assessment (CIVA) Toolkit.

The newly developed toolkit is a modified version of the earlier developed rapid assessment methodology and is aimed at aiding both the communities as well as the assessors to identify the impacts of climate change on the community’s livelihood assets while at the same time assisting the communities to prioritize their focus on their livelihood objectives.

During the course of the workshop the community specialists — including eight local participants from the communities of Eton, Eratap, Erakor and Mangaliliu – had the chance to use the USP developed mapping toolkit which incorporates the use of google earth and google images to map out infrastructure, ecosystems, and hazard zones within the communities.

Mapping for a community, in the context of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, is important for planning and disaster preparedness.

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