Disaster Waste Management
Disaster Waste Management
The intensity and frequency of natural disasters such as tropical cyclones are evidently increasing in the Pacific. When these natural disasters occur large amounts of waste are generated from damage to both the natural and man-made environment.
PacWastePlus is assisting PWP Participating countries to mainstream disaster waste management into the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP) by implementing activities identified in the Regional Disaster Waste Management Guideline (RDWMG). The purpose of this regional project is to provide technical guidance documents and templates that will assist participating countries to implement key waste management activities in each of the disaster management cycles.
What will this project do?
This regional project will utilise the Regional Disaster Waste Management Guidelines to develop:
- Terms of Reference for the establishment of an Environment Sector Working Group (Cluster) within National Disaster Management Framework to ensure timely and effective implementation of disaster Waste Management Response and Recovery
- Develop Drafting/Guiding Notes on how to draft National and Community Disaster Waste Management Plans
- Establish a Disaster Waste Training Manual for use by each participating country at both the National and Community level
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Practitioner Guidelines to Implement Effective Disaster Waste Management
The Pacific region is identified to be most prone to disaster and climate risks, such as cyclones, landslides, flooding, drought, earthquakes, and even tsunamis. The World Risk Index 2021 identified Vanuatu as the most vulnerable country, with the Solomon Islands rated second, and Tonga third. Natural disasters are associated with...
Managing Disaster Waste To Strengthen Country Resiliency
17 November 2021, Apia – As Pacific countries prepare to enter the cyclone season, participants of the 3rd Clean Pacific Roundtable, Deep Dive side event on Disaster Waste Management, were encouraged to recognise the importance of including disaster waste management into National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs) operations and how it can...
Regional Disaster Waste Management Project
Building on the current initiative of the JPRISM II in the region, this project is being designed to assist participating countries (not participating in the JPRISM II programme), to undertake activities detailed in the current regional Disaster Waste Management Guideline. PacWastePlus is currently seeking the services of a suitably qualified...
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National disaster Waste Management Plans: Benefits of having disaster waste management plans and planning to Pacific islands
The intensity and frequency of natural disasters such as tropical cyclones are evidently increasing in the Pacific. When these natural disasters occur large amounts of waste are generated from damage to both the natural and man-made environment. Inefficient or ineffective management of clean-up efforts following a disaster often results in the slow and costly recovery of a community, potentially risking public and environmental health.
Managing Disaster Waste: A Guide for Communities
Natural disasters, such as tropical cyclones, hurricanes, and floods, can generate large quantities of waste, including building debris, fallen trees, and hazardous waste. Disaster waste is a threat to community health, safety, and the environment. However, it is often managed in an ad hoc manner and can be a major obstacle to the much-needed emergency relief operations and cause delay to humanitarian efforts by blocking access to affected communities.
Asbestos Contaminated Materials Guide for Disaster Debris Removal
The risk of property damage from natural disasters is high in Pacific Island Countries, if buildings contain asbestos in the walls, roof or pipes, hazardous fibres may be released, if the building is damaged, during a
disaster. A number of PacWastePlus programme supported by Pacific island countries are actively working on asbestos management to reduce the risk of environmental pollution, and health issues for their communities. This document is designed to provide guidance on response and management, and to supplement knowledge and skills – utilising this guide does not imply qualifications, and we strongly recommend
undertaking appropriate training and employing necessary protective measures prior to handling asbestos-containing materials.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Pacific Region is vulnerable to Natural Disaster
- Enhance countries resilience to disaster
- Proper management of waste generated from natural disasters.
1.Project to be implemented in a pilot county:
- Waste Management Cluster within NDMO
- Develop and implement National Disaster Plan
- Partnership Agreements with stakeholders
- Training of first responders/ local officers
2.From the learnings of the Pilot project appropriate resources will be developed to assist other countries:
- Development of Guidelines (on establishment of Waste Management Cluster, Practitioner guideline, drafting National Disaster Waste Management Framework, and Partnership Agreement for effective management of DW)
- Development of Training Manual on DWM