IOM-Sekere Socialization Meeting

Posted: 
07/31/12

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) arranged a
meeting with the community in Sekere Village, Pohnpei on Saturday,
July 28, to raise awareness on climate change and disaster risk.
This community socialization forms an important part of the Climate
Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Education (CADRE) Program
that IOM is managing and implementing on behalf of the Australian
Agency for International Development (AusAID). The aim of the CADRE
Program is to build the resilience of vulnerable communities in the
Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the
Marshall Islands (RMI) to climate change, including climate-induced
natural hazards. IOM will target approximately 10,000 school-aged
students at up to 50 schools and surrounding communities under the
CADRE program.

The Sekere community was chosen as the first of the 50 target
communities throughout the FSM and the RMI due to the high level of
interest expressed by the community for increasing their own level
of resilience to climate change and preparedness for disasters.
Their enthusiasm was clearly demonstrated during the school
evacuation drills coordinated by IOM and the Pohnpei State
Government last year. The community meeting in Sekere is the first
of several steps in which IOM will provide skills, knowledge and
equipment for improved preparedness and response planning for
disaster events.

At Saturday's gathering, over 70 community members attended to
hear IOM Trainer, Ms. Yolanda Joab's presentation to impart
concepts of climate change and its implications for increased risks
of future disaster events.  Following Ms. Joab's presentation,
IOM Emergency Response Advisor, Rick Herman introduced the subject
of Hazard, Vulnerability and Capacity (HVC) Mapping to the
participants who appeared very engaged.

The community leaders will select a good cross-section of
community members to volunteer to participate in a Hazard,
Vulnerability and Capacity Mapping (HVCM) exercise.  One of
the youth organization leaders requested if IOM could increase the
number of participants in the HVCM exercise, due to the
overwhelming interest being expressed by younger members of the
community to participate in this activity.  IOM will return to
Sekere Municipality to commence the mapping exercise in the coming
weeks. Organizations interested in being involved are encouraged to
contact the IOM Head Office for the FSM & RMI located in the
Pohn Umpomp Building, Nett Municipality, Pohnpei for further
information. 

IOM Micronesia

Tel.: (691) 320 – 8735/95

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IOM meets with the community in Sekere, Pohnpei to raise awareness on climate change and disaster risk. © IOM 2012