Description/achievement of initiative
The partnership will facilitate improved knowledge sharing and advocacy between drought-affected Pacific SIDS, relevant development partners, regional and international organisations. It will facilitate the practical sharing of information on water security and drought resilience/preparedness activities undertaken in drought-affected countries, and enable an effective voice of drought-affected atoll nations in international and regional forums.The partnership will support Pacific governments and communities to build the skills, systems and basic infrastructure to better anticipate, respond to, and withstand drought and its impacts on supplies of safe and adequate drinking water.
Partnership will be actively supported by SPC under the auspices and funding support of the programme, Strengthening Water Security of Vulnerable Island States
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
- annual sub-regional training workshops to be convened to bring together partner countries and relevant technical expertise from 2014-1019- national and local-level training activities specific to individual partner country needs to be facilitated by the NZ-funded project Strengthening Water Security in Vulnerable Atoll States. - regional web-site pacificwater.org to be expanded to support knowledge products relevant to atoll water security and facilitate information sharing between partners.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The partnership will be governed through regular meetings of representatives of five drought-prone Pacific SIDS along with relevant development partners through a 5-year NZ-funded project, Strengthening Water Security of Vulnerable Island States. The partnership will utilize existing regional, country and partner networks, and capitalize on the information sharing and collaboration enabled through the water security project.
SPC; Governments of five Pacific SIDS: the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tokelau and Tuvalu; New Zealand Aid Programme; IFRC; UNICEF; NIWA; Australian Bureau of Meteorology; NOAA; SPREP; WHO; UNOCHA