Pacific Resilience – Regional Synthesis.

Pacific Island Countries are at threat of increased frequency and severity of tropical cyclones and floods, fuelled by climate change. At the same time, they are rapidly urbanising. This brings many benefits, but also presents new challenges concerning disaster preparedness, protecting often flood-prone densely populated settlements, and making critical infrastructure more resilient.

Recent successful urban post-disaster recovery experiences globally have highlighted the need for approaches that are locally focused, multisectoral, people-centered, and highly participatory. Area-based approaches (ABAs) embody these criteria and are quickly gaining traction among humanitarian actors as an effective means of working within urban complexity.

This synthesis report presents findings from research undertaken in Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu concerning each country’s urban response to naturally-triggered disasters, and the degree to which key elements of ABAs are in place and are utilised.