Saturday, 14 August 2010

Pacific Disaster Network

The Pacific Disaster Network is a website devoted to the monitoring of natural disasters within the region and the dissemination of publications, reports and conference proceedings relevant to regional humanitarian efforts.

Its stated aim is to be:

the largest and most comprehensive information resource for Disaster Risk Management for the Pacific Island Countries.
The portal will provide a valuable resource to all Disaster Risk Management partners working in the Pacific region including government agencies, regional bodies, non-government organisations and international agencies.

The website displays alerts of natural disasters, has a LOT of publications and reports of relevant to natural disasters, public health and agricultural issues. It is a fairly exhaustive site, but unfortunately one that is fairly unintuitive to use(for me at least..) at first glance. Exploring it further reveals more of its power and utility. The homepage leads with a satellite map from Google and a box giving the latest alerts, giving the promise that the location of these alerts will be visualised. Unfortunately this is not the case; a pity for people like me who like to be able to see where events are occuring on a map.

The website is a collaboration between the South Pacific Applied Geosciences Commission (SOPAC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Red Cross and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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