PDNA training ‘critical’

Defence Minister Inia Seruiratu at the launch the UNDP ADB Partnership Project on Building Disaster-Resilient Infrastructure through Enhanced Knowledge and the opening of the PDNA training. Picture: SUPPLIED

Training such as the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) is critical, given the frequency and extent of natural hazards affecting Pacific island countries.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu, while virtually officiating at the UNDP ADB Partnership Project on Building Disaster-resilient Infrastructure Through Enhanced Knowledge and the opening of the PDNA training yesterday.

“My ministry, through the permanent secretary and the director NDMO, stands ready to facilitate the effective implementation of the project and ensure it delivers its intended outcomes in Fiji and, as the project beneficiary, we will work with ADB and UNDP as part of our collective undertaking,” he said.

Mr Seruiratu said the PDNA training was crucial enough to ensure that the fundamentals of postdisaster assessments were embedded for recovery planning feeding into the Government’s overarching national development agenda.

“We intend to build on these achievements to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the way we deal with national emergencies.

The PDNA training will be highlighting some salient features on the need for accurate and reliable data for informed decision-making, particularly the transition from the conventional Initial Damage Assessments (IDAs) and Detailed Damage Assessments (DDAs) to the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA).”

Mr Seruiratu said the PDNA not only gave the opportunity to better position collective capacity to respond when disasters occurred but also encompassed a long-term strategic approach on how best to mitigate, adapt and minimise the risk from future disasters which has become regular than ever before.

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