The storage units will be used to safeguard important rescue equipment. Their portable design makes them easy to be transported when required. The HF radio portable manpacks, which can be transported and operated in a backpack device, will be used for communication with remote regions when a disaster strikes. The generator will be used at the National Emergency Operation Centre to sustain electricity during power outages, this new generator doubles the power of the existing one.
Due to the current COVID-19 travel restrictions and in the absence of the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Resident Representative, Levan Bouadze, a statement was read on Mr. Bouadze’s behalf. “UNDP together with the people of Japan and the Government of Palau are on a solid path to achieving long-term climate resilience and sustainable livelihoods for the people of Palau.”
Bouadze said, “The goods will be used to help Palau’s officials in their efforts to mitigate disaster and climate change impacts. We are thankful to the government of Japan to let us support the Government of Palau’s preparedness to mitigate the increasing issues associated with disaster and climate resilience”.
National key counterparts and media representatives were also present at the handover ceremony.
Through generous funding from and in collaboration with the Government of Japan, the EDCR project in Palau was initiated in March 2019. The UNDP project, implemented in partnership with the Government of Palau, aims to improve the capacity for preparedness and mitigation of Palau’s resilience to man-made, geo-physical, climate and related hazards and enhancing resilience to climate change impact.
The projects 3 expected outputs include strengthened gender sensitive Disaster Communication and Climate Monitoring Systems, enhanced gender sensitive National and State Disaster Responders readiness capacity and enhanced Community Disaster Resilience through improved water resource management, and integrated gender and social inclusion awareness.
Zayaan Jappie, Communications Specialist, EDCR, UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji, Tel: +679 322 7565; Email: email@example.com