Disaster displacement; Pacific; policy responses; disaster planning; IDMC

Pacific Response to Disaster Displacement

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 (DG INTPA)
Total funding: EUR 3.2 million 
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.

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.