The vulnerability of Pacific Island Countries (PICs) to disasters and need for support to build their resilience is well documented. Tropical cyclones, volcanoes, earthquakes and other natural disasters continue to wreak havoc in these islands posing a serious challenge in the efforts of PICs to pursue their Sustainable Development Goal commitments and Framework for Resilient Development efforts.
The purpose of Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific I (BSRP) program was to strengthen the capacity of PICs to address existing and emerging challenges with regard to the risks posed by natural hazards and related disasters, while maximising synergies between DRR strategies and CCA. Previous and current Intra-ACP funding (9 and 10) through SPC has been a significant source of assistance to PICs – they have been able to implement customised interventions enhancing their readiness to respond to the increasing intensity of disasters and climate change.
In the end of BSRP I, SPC decided to sponsor an evaluation assignment to assess achievements, quality and results of actions conducted during the program. FCG New Zealand team of consultants was contracted to carry out the assignment from July to December 2019. The evaluation covered the key aspects of the BSRP I project to complement EU-led reviews conducted over the life of the project. These findings will inform a detailed proposal for the next phase under the Intra-ACP European Development Fund Eleven (EDF11) for resilience building – a project that will build on the work carried out under SPC’s projects under EDF 9 and EDF 10. The geographic scope of the assignment covers 15 countries: Fiji, Solomon Islands, Palau, Federal States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, Timor Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.