New Ministry Corporate Plan to Integrate Resilient Development ConsiderationsApr 18, 2016
The need to integrate climate change and disaster risk reduction (CCDRR) considerations in overall corporate plans is a crucial element in addressing and minimising vulnerabilities to disasters.
This approach is being undertaken by the Ministry of Internal Affairs with technical support from the UNDP’s Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP) at a one day workshop that was held in Port Vila, Vanuatu, last week. The four year corporate plan will cover the periods 2016 – 2020 and with the integration of CCDRR elements, will broadly align to the National Sustainable Development Plan.
“The corporate plan should be strategic and at the same time, practical”, said Alfred Maoh, the Minister for the Ministry of Internal Affairs at the opening of the workshop.
“The Ministry of Internal Affairs provides the platform for community voices to be heard in any budget or planning process, therefore it is important that the Ministry is aligned to effectively receive feedback.”
He added, “The plan must also give the Ministry a clear direction to move into for the coming five years.”
Participants included representatives of all departments under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, including the Corporate Service Division, Vanuatu Police Service, Department of Local Authorities, Electoral Office, Civil Status (Registry) Office, Labor Department, Department of Immigration and Boarder Control.
“Vanuatu is very vulnerable to climate and disaster hazards therefore it will be paramount to factor consideration of risks into the Ministry of Internal Affairs corporate plan to adequately support national development”, said Cherol Ala, the Director General for Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Bikash Dash, the Institutional Risk Governance Advisor to the UNDP’s PRRP, said “the plan will be able to improve coordination and planning within the Ministry as well as with its internal and external stakeholders.”
“Integrating CCDRR consideration will also assist the Ministry in mobilizing resources that can be used for development initiatives and climate proof developments such as risk proofed community halls, roads, etc.”
“This approach will also strengthen engagement in the CCDRR space and places the Ministry as a strategic partner in any CCDRR intervention at sub-national level”, Mr. Dash said.
PRRP works with Pacific Island nations and their people to consider the risks they face from climate change and disasters and include those risks in their usual plans for development. Communities can become more resilient to climate change and disasters if routine government, community and other planning processes takes these risks into account.
This risk governance approach is delivered through a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme and international non-government organization Live & Learn Environmental Education (LLEE), and supported by the Australian Government. PRRP is being delivered in four countries: Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.