The PDRMPN is an open-ended partnership of development partner organisations, donors, and of PICTs. PICT representation is provided by the heads of the National Disaster Management Offices (or equivalent).
Its members include (but are not limited to):
1. Heads of National Disaster Management Offices (or equivalent) of all PICTs
2. Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
3. Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)
4. Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
5. International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC)
6. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
7. United Nations Development Programme – Pacific Centre (UNDP PC)
8. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
9. United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
10. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
11. Asian Development Bank (ADB)
12. The Asia Foundation (TAF) / USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)
13. United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
14. Pacific Disaster Center (PDC)
15. South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)
16. University of the South Pacific (USP)
17. Fiji National University - College of Medicine & Nursing (FNU)
18. Fiji Meteorological Service/Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (FMS)
19. World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
20. Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC)
21. Emergency Management Australia (EMA)
22. New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (NZMCDEM)
23. Ministry of Foreign Affairs-France
24. World Bank (WB)
25. Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific (EU)
26. Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT),
27. New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
28. Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI)
29. Save the Children NZ
30. Pacific Power Association (PPA)
31. UNHCR Regional Office for Australia
32. Pacific Islands Fire Services Association (PIFSA)
33. NOAA/National Weather Service
34. World Vision NZ
35. Pacific Conference of Churches
36. International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
37. Adventist Disaster Relief Agency
38. Australian Bureau of Meteorology (ABM)
39. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences NZ
40. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
41. Maddocks (Australia)
42. Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association
43. South Pacific Engineers Association.
44. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)
45. Oxfam NZ
46. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
47. Care International Vanuatu
49. University of New South Wales
50. GNS Sience
51. World Health Organization (WHO)
Objective & Description
The PDRMPN was established in 2006 to support capacity building and assist Pacific island countries and territories in the implementation of the Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action 2005-2015 (RFA). The RFA is the regional adaptation of the global disaster reduction framework, the Hyogo Framework for Action.
The PDRMPN over the years has helped creating fruitful cooperation and partnerships for more efficient use of resources, and more effective and coordinated action on the ground. The PDRMPN has also promoted capacity building and exchanges of information and experience amongst stakeholders, in key areas such as the mainstreaming of disaster risk management within all aspects of social and economic development. The successful mainstreaming of DRM promotes resilient and sustainable development.
Governance & Coordination Mechanisms
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community is the main organisation that facilitates the partnership. It coordinates annual meetings of the full PDRMPN under the Pacific Platform for DRM (in cooperation with UNISDR) and coordinates other special meetings as may be required, in consultation with other members of the network.
SPC also convenes regular meetings of the PDRMPN Coordinating Committee (CoCo) in Suva, Fiji. The role of the Coordinating Committee is to improve coordination of partner DRM support to PICTs by:
(i)Working closely with relevant national agencies for DRM and CCA to identify needs and opportunities for investment linked to DRM NAPs or Joint DRM/CCA NAPs and related initiatives;
(ii)Identifying opportunities for enhancing coherence and synergy among partners’ programmes and assistance;
(iii)Providing advice to partners on how to best adjust their support to the context and the capacity of the relevant national agencies and other stakeholder groups.
(iv)Assist partners to follow up on the outcomes of the meetings of the Pacific Platform for DRM to help in ensuring implementation of agreed recommendations.
The partnership was established in 2006 and has been active ever since. In addition to the Coordinating Committee, the PDRMPN has established a number of Working Groups to allow for more specific and targeted discussions on key subject matters, such as mainstreaming and training and capacity building.
Working groups develop their respective terms of reference, select Chairs, and determine meeting requirements and other support mechanisms as each may require. They have the responsibility to provide regular reports and other feedback on their activities to the Coordinating Committee and to SPC as the overall facilitator of the Partnership Network.
Arrangements for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer
Building on the PDRMPN, the Pacific region is now in the process of designing a new coordinating mechanism to support the implementation of the new Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP) which will be presented for approval by the Pacific Forum Leaders in August 2015.
The new coordinating mechanism (to be called the Pacific Resilience Partnership- PRP) will replace and build on the existing networks and arrangements for DRM and climate change in the Pacific region. It will therefore build on the Pacific DRM Partnership Network (PDRMPN), on the Development Partners on Climate Change (DPCC), and other coordinating mechanisms for DRM and Climate Change in the region. It is expected that the PRP will officially start when the SRDP starts, on 1st January 2016, and it will be used as a mechanism for the implementation of the SRDP over its next 20 years of implementation