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Consideration of risk reduction in planning processes: What makes a good development planning system?
P4SD presented at the 6th Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management, 2-4th June, 2014, Novotel, Suva, Fiji. This was a key regional meeting of Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) members including Australia, New Zealand, France and the USA. At the forum the members agreed to the regional strategy that ties climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction – a first in the global arena.

Good Land Use PlanningThe Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTS) are among the most vulnerable places on earth suffering from extreme exposure to both creeping climate change and disasters. The P4SD presentation built on 17 years’ experience in the Pacific and centred on international law and policy and the role of development planning in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (CCA & DRR).

What is the status of land use and development planning across the pacific?, what is the defining the role of land use planning?, what makes up good land use planning system functions?, how do we pursue integrated planning with key functions to address CCA & DRR.

The paper was given at the Talanoa Session A2 at the 6th Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management ; 2nd – 4th June, 2014, Novotel Hotel, Suva, Fiji. Among the donor agencies supporting the event was the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Secretariat. UNISDR is part of the United Nations Secretariat and its functions span the development and humanitarian fields. Its core areas of work includes ensuring disaster risk reduction (DRR) is applied to climate change adaptation, increasing investments for DRR, building disaster-resilient cities, schools and hospitals, and strengthening the international system for DRR.

UNISDR’s vision is based on the three strategic goals of the Hyogo Framework for Action: integrating DRR into sustainable development policies and planning, developing and strengthening institutions, mechanisms and capacities to build resilience to hazards, and incorporating risk reduction approaches into emergency preparedness, response, and recovery programmes.