The Disaster Resilience for Pacific Small Island Developing States (RESPAC) project aims to improve Pacific SIDS resilience to climate-related hazards. This project responds directly to Outcome 5 of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Strategic Plan for 2014-2017 i.e 'countries are able to reduce the likelihood of conflict and lower the risk of natural disasters including from climate change.'
The project goal is to effectively address the consequences of, and responses to, climate related hazards. This will be achieved through three expected outputs:
- Strengthen early warning systems and climate monitoring capacity in selected Pacific small island developing states;
- Preparedness and planning mechanisms and tools to manage disaster recovery processes to be strengthened at regional, national and local level;
- Increase use of financial instruments to manage and share disaster related risk and fund post disaster recovery efforts.
Gender equality and mainstreaming
It is recognized that gender inclusion and analysis are critical components in ensuring that policy and programming uphold gender equality as well as ensuring equitable consideration to the differing needs of men, children, youth, girls, boys and those with special needs.
The project will embrace gender mainstreaming in alignment with UNDP political and strategic documents i.e. the UNDP Global Gender Strategy, Gender Parity Strategy for 2013-2017 and the 8-point Agenda for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality in Crisis Prevention and Recovery.
Outputs assume that gender will be mainstreamed through:
- Inclusion of women at all levels of project decision-making, implementation and monitoring
- Inclusion of gender analysis as an input to regional/national policy and programming, where appropriate
- Building capacity of regional and national partners to understand and reflect the differing needs of women, men, girls and boys at a policy and programming level
- Establishment of gender targets and indicators as key component of project design and monitoring, in the inception stage..
More specifically, the project will focus on
- Strengthening gender analysis in sector climate early warning systems
- Highlight gender perspective into meteorology/climate services training and capacity development programming, where appropriate
- The inclusion of collection and analysis of sex-disaggregated data for post-disaster recovery processes
- Ensuring national-level situation analysis and design of recovery plans take gender into account.