His Excellency Karasawa Akira, Ambassador of Japan to Palau, handed over the equipment to PALARIS saying, “I understand that it is the very first time for Palau to conduct a nationwide digital mapping survey. Through this activity, Palau will be able to understand its geographical situation and identify its vulnerable areas, which I believe is the fundamental information needed for disaster prevention.”
Levan Bouadze, Resident Representative of the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji said, “This is a significant step forward to increasing Palau’s resilience to disasters and impact of climate change. The data generated from the LiDAR survey can be also utilized as a baseline for shoreline monitoring, resource management and environmental monitoring needs, and inform Palau’s climate change adaptation strategy.”
“Japan’s support for disaster risk management is significantly contributing to sustainable development for SIDS in the Pacific. I thank the Government of Japan for its support and partnership in this area,” he added.
The EDCR project, since its commencement in 2019, has provided equipment strategic to Palau’s disaster risk management including a utility boat with a trailer, two sport utility vehicles (SUVs), one pickup truck and a range of search and rescue equipment. The project also aims to strengthen gender sensitive disaster communication and climate monitoring systems; enhance gender sensitive national and state disaster responder’s readiness capacity; and enhance community disaster resilience through improved water resource management and integrated gender and social inclusion awareness.
Aleyda Valdes, Country Project Coordinator Palau, Enhancing Disaster and Climate Resilience in the Republic of Palau through Improved Disaster Preparedness and Infrastructure, UNDP Office in Palau, Tel: +680 488 3394 Cell: +680 7753433; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org