The Coastal Community Adapatation Project

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April 2015

Helping Pacific Island Communities Adapt to a Changing Climate
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Training the Trainers: Building Skills to Deliver Disaster Risk Management to Communities

In a collaborative effort, USAID and the University of the South Pacific (USP) brought together the Coastal Community Adaptation Program (C-CAP) Country Mobilizers (CM’s) and Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) Community Coordinators (CCs) to spend 10 days learning skills to help them facilitate and deliver disaster management programs throughout the Pacific Islands region. This training workshop was designed to ensure that the participants better understood key components of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Disaster Response management, were familiar with the application of tools that could be used for assessing climate change adaptation options, and could effectively conduct disaster risk drills at the community level.

The workshop was held April 13-22 in Savusavu, Fiji and was attended by CM/CCs from 9 Pacific Island nations. Kick-starting the workshop was Pablo Suarez from the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre who got the participants up on their feet to interact in a series of ice-breaker and

introductory exercises, followed by a more serious (but fun) set of games designed to promote critical thinking on climate change and disaster management (See article page XXX).