IOM and Partners conduct Hazard, Vulnerability and Capacity (HVC) Mapping Exercise in Pohnpei

Posted: 
08/14/12

On Sunday, August 12, 2012, the International Organization for
Migration (IOM) held the first Hazard, Vulnerability and Capacity
(HVC) Mapping Exercise with the community members of Sekere
municipality. The event took place at Sekere Elementary School
throughout Sunday afternoon. Twenty-three participants from the
Sekere Community were selected from a volunteer sign-up sheet
circulated at a Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and
Education (CADRE) Program socialization meeting conducted two weeks
prior to the event.  The CADRE Program is supported by the
Australian Government, through the Australian Agency for
International Development  (AusAID) and aims to build the
resilience of vulnerable communities in the FSM and the RMI to
natural hazards, particularly those that are climate induced. Also
in attendance were representatives of the FSM Office of Environment
and Emergency Management (OEEM), the Secretariat of the Pacific
Community (SPC), and the Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP).

The exercise was facilitated by IOM Training Assistant, Ms
Canita Swigert and Emergency Response Adviser, Mr. Rick Herman; as
well as CSP staff Kesdy-Ray Ladore.  The activity included the
development of  a community profile which outlines the main
risks in the community associated to hazards and vulnerabilities,
as well as, the resources and capacities of the communities. An
important part of the profiling included  physical mapping of
the community, and the development of a hazard matrix, which
included natural hazards, such as: flooding, landslides and storm
damage. 

The main HVC mapping event included a physical mapping exercise
in which the community members were divided into three groups. Each
group sketched a map of Sekere and identified the key
infrastructure that serves as a resource, such as evacuation
centers; the capacities of the community, along with  mapping
of the hazards that the community is likely to face.  
Once they completed their illustrations of the Sekere map, a
representative of each work group presented  their maps. The
last activity was the Hazard and Vulnerability Matrix facilitated
by Mr. Kesdy-Ray Ladore. The community members listed down three
major threats or hazards Sekere is currently facing, the weaknesses
and strengths in the community, and lastly, how the community can
prepare or adapt to the three hazards listed.

A summary report will be generated and returned to the community
in the next meeting on August 26, 2012 at 1:00pm, at Sekere
School.

For further information contact:

IOM Micronesia

Tel. (691) 320 – 8735/95

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IOM holds the first Hazard, Vulnerability and Capacity (HVC) Mapping Exercise with the community members of Sekere municipality in Pohnpei. © IOM 2012