Pacific Response to Disaster Displacement (PRDD)
Location: Pacific Island Countries of Fiji, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu
Lead Agency: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
Implementing partners: International Organization for Migration (IOM), Platform for Disaster Displacement (PDD)
Donor: European Union
Duration: August 2019 – April 2022
In the Pacific, at least 50,000 Islanders are at risk of being displaced by the impact of disasters and climate change each year.
In these countries, where almost all major services, settlement and tourism infrastructure are coastal, cyclones, sea-level rise and coastal flooding pose severe economic risks. Some island states–including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Vanuatu–are working to improve their resilience to disasters by strengthening their early warning systems to save lives and protect property in low-lying coastal areas. But these will not be sufficient for dealing with the long-term impacts of future natural hazards and the displacement they cause.
A lack of Pacific-focused information and data on disaster displacement and management has led governments to lead with reactive choices instead of proactive ones. Knowledge and experience on the issue is less developed in the region and there is a recognised capacity gap to monitor the issue at all levels of government.
This project aims to support regional and national efforts to reduce the risk and impact of disaster displacement on persons at risk of being displaced in developing small islands states in the Pacific.
With funding from the European Union, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) are working to generate new evidence to help governments better understand, plan for, prevent and respond to disaster displacement.
The project will contribute to better policy responses and disaster planning, as well as new and improved operational tools. To achieve this, the project is focused on four main work areas:
- Data Collection: helping the national disaster management offices to systematically collect, analyse, and disseminate existing and new disaster displacement risk information across sectors and at all levels of government in the region.
- Research & Policy: mapping legislation on disaster displacement, conducting new research on slow-onset and urban displacement, and helping to review and develop evidence-based policies and frameworks.
- Risk Modelling: combining climate change scenarios and current displacement information to identify disaster displacement risk hotspots, map evacuation centres, and generate decision-making tools to inform planning and policy work.
- Tools and Training: developing country-specific tools, methodologies, standard operating procedures, analytical frameworks, training modules and workshops to strengthen the operational response capacity of governments.