Implementing integration – reflections and lessons from the Pacific, for the future
The Pacific has made significant progress advancing an integrated agenda on DRR & CCA at many levels – from the regional level with the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP), the national level through integrated policies and implementation mechanisms to the community level.
This engaging panel session will draw upon the legacy of learnings from the region and importantly focus on what the future may look like across various levels. The session also seeks to provide insights to other regions that can learn from the progress in the Pacific to advance integration in their regions. In doing so, we will also draw on lessons from East Africa and how they built upon the Pacific progress to advance integration in their region. We want to profile what works in practice to empower others, drawing upon a strong base of lessons and evidence.
This online side event will:
- Discuss the integration of DRR and CCA as well as the intersection between integrated programs and sustainable development goals.
- Highlight lessons from approaches in the Pacific have demonstrated the importance of meaningful participation from vulnerable groups in planning and action at all levels.
- Reflect challenges and opportunities towards financing mechanisms that can support integrated approaches across the DRR and climate financing spectrum
Discrete objectives of the session are to:
- Profile the progress of the Pacific region in DRR/CCA integration and discuss the importance of a sustained effort by developing countries with the support of partner organizations
- Interrogate common challenges across different levels of integration
- Facilitate learning across levels with a focus on leadership, governance, inclusion and financing
- Generate interest in other regions outside of the Pacific in advancing integration.
- Jess Lees -Executive, humanitarian advisory Group (HAG)
- Mosese Sikivou - Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
- Sevuloni Rokomatu -FRC / representing Pacific Youth Network
- Dr Guleid Artan, Director of the IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC).
- Mafua Maka, Director National Emergency Management Office(NEMO)-Tonga
The case for integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation to minimize loss and damage, reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience continues to grow. This is against a backdrop of increasing frequency and severity of disasters worldwide and the recognition that, at the community level, the distinction between DRR and CCA is artificial. Linkages between the two policy fields, coming belatedly to communities’ holistic understandings of what is driving their own exposure to risk and how to manage it, have driven policy makers and practitioners to consider how to more closely align approaches to produce better outcomes for crisis affected populations.
Various challenges are preventing or hampering the integration of DRR and CCA but there are also opportunities to strengthen integrated approaches at all levels in ways can improve outcomes for at risk-populations. This side event unpacks some key reflections from the Pacific at different levels, as well as bringing in intra-regional perspectives to understand similarities and differences across regional boundaries.
Session guiding questions
- What are some of the key learnings from the journey towards an integrated framework in the Pacific?
- What does integration look like at different levels; from communities, sub-national to national and regional: is there alignment?
- What have other regions learned from the Pacific journey? What can the Pacific learn from other regions?
- What are some of the main priority areas for future progress? What does successful integration mean in different contexts?