The main aim of the Disaster Recovery Coordination Unit is to strengthen post-disaster systems in planning, preparedness, and recovery.
The Recovery Operations Centre (ROC) within DSPPAC, operates under the National Recovery Committee (NRC) as established through the Government Act, Order 154, 2018. The NRC, who’s primary function is to coordinate the medium and long-term recovery programs in response to national disasters, overseas the ROC’s development of the PDNA.
Once the PDNA is completed the Recovery Unit within DSPPAC (Secretariat to NRC) coordinates the recovery activities and requirements in the PDNA, Recovery Strategy and Recovery Plan. Vanuatu’s National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) along with the National Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Policy, place high emphasis on strengthening postdisaster recovery systems.
The government recently approved the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) which outlines the importance of recovery interventions which the country needs to consider and address. The current Vanuatu Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Policy 2016-2030 and the Disaster Risk Management Act 2019 contain limited guidance on disaster recovery. They do highlight the need for a solid recovery process that is overseen by a relevant and expertly staff ed team.
The ROC is tasked with coordinating the gathering of information and producing the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and associated Recovery Strategy and Recovery Plan. These documents guide the Government and stakeholders on the recovery path ahead.