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EDF10 EU- ACP Project: Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific (BSRP)

The JNAP Task Force in 2012 endorsed the Activity 3.3 Evaluate existing replanting schemes and implement lessons learnt under Goal 3 of the JNAP CCA & DRM Analysis and assessments of the vulnerability to climate change impacts and disaster risks to be the priority action to be funded by the EDF-10 EU- ACP. In May this year the proposed area has been endorsed eligible for the funding and work is underway to review the Country implementation Plan, framework and a concept paper for submission. The Pacific component of the 10th EDF Intra-ACP envelope for Disaster Risk Reduction. The project’s overall objective is to reduce the vulnerability as well as the social, economic and environmental costs of disasters caused by natural hazards, thereby achieving regional and national sustainable development and poverty reduction goals in ACP Pacific Island States (PICs). The project's purpose is 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 Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).

Under the terms of the agreement between the European Union and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the oversight of the project at the regional level in the Pacific will be led by Regional Steering Committee (RSC) which will meet each year in the margins of the annual Regional Disaster Managers Meeting convened by SPC. The RSC is comprised of Disaster Managers from Pacific island countries and territories. The Pacific Delegation of the European Union will participate in RSC meetings alongside SPC.

Tonga will convene a National Steering Committee (NSC) comprising of representatives from the Government, civil society, community, private sector, representatives of vulnerable groups (as may be applicable) to provide oversight of the project. There will also be observer status participation on each NSC by the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO).

The NSC can be constituted using a suitable existing mechanism at the national level. The secretariat function for the NSC is the responsibility of the national DRM agency/National Disaster Management Office. SPC will provide support to the national DRM agency/NDMO in relation to the functioning of the NSC.

The NSC is responsible for providing overall direction and oversight of the project in terms of the development and implementation of priorities as contained in the Country Implementation Plan.

The Steering Committee’s functions are:

Determine national priorities and endorse the Country Implementation Plan (CIP);

Regularly review the progress of CIP implementation and endorse progress reports

Participate in the Result Oriented Monitoring (ROM) missions that will be formed annually by the European Union to undertake independent reviews of BSRP implementation

Provide guidance and agree on possible countermeasures/management actions to address specific risks;

The membership of the NSC should have representation from national stakeholder interests that support Disaster Risk Management capacity building at the national level as follows:

Government

Civil society

Community

Private sector

The national DRM agency/National Disaster Management Office will formalise the appointment of members and advice the BSRP Project Management Team based at the Applied Geoscience & Technology Division of the SPC accordingly.

The members of the NSC will determine the Chair of the NSC from their membership.

The membership of the NSC may be revised if circumstances require. The national DRM agency/National Disaster Management Office must inform the BSRP Project Management Team  of any changes and will be guided by them in the deciding on new members.

A dialogue with the JNAP Task force has endorsed that the JNAP Task force will be used as the National Steering Committee of this project.

The NSC will receive Secretariat support from the national DRM agency/National Disaster Management Office.  Further support for the Secretariat will be provided by the BSRP Project Management Team.

The Secretariat will have the following specific responsibilities:

Keep records of all deliberations and undertake follow up action on decisions that are reached

Ensure that project risks are being tracked and mitigated as effectively as possible

Undertake monitoring of CIP implementation progress and submit progress reports to the BSRP Project Management Team on behalf of the NSC

Prepare acquittal reports of all funds that are being disbursed to implement priorities in the CIP

Provide support for ROM reviews

Approve the sending of the project closure notification to SPC.

Ensure the visibility of the CIP implementation at the national and regional level. 

The JNAP Task Force has proposed that the JNAP Secretariat to sit as the Secretariat of the project but decision is yet to be endorsed. 

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