The Director General (DG) of the Ministry of Climate Change Adaptation (MoCCA), Esline Garaebiti Bule, has been awarded the 2022 Women’s International Network for Disaster Risk Reduction (WIN DRR) Leadership Award.
Mrs. Bule received this award in recognition of her work when she was Director of Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department where she was instrumental in the design and rollout of the Oceania Seismic Network (ORSNET).
This award was handed to the MoCCA Director General and Dr Homolata Borah, a researcher from India after they were selected from 420 nominations from 24 countries across the Asia-Pacific region.
The winners received their awards in celebration of women’s leadership at the 2022 Women’s International Network for Disaster Risk Reduction Leadership Awards held at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) this week in Brisbane, Australia.
The awards celebrate women’s achievements in reducing disaster risk.
The MoCCA Director General has been recognised particularly for her work in improving early warning systems across the Pacific in her former post as Director of the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department when she was instrumental in the design and rollout of the ORSNET.
Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDRR, said the awards is a way to recognise the significant contributions being made by women to reduce disaster risk.
She mentioned in particular DG Bule’s work to improve early warning systems across the Pacific to ensure tsunami warnings are sent out faster, enabling those who may be in a tsunami’s path to get to higher ground.
Vanuatu’s award recipient, DG Bule, said involving women in disaster risk reduction in Vanuatu helps ensure that the needs of the most at-risk and marginalised people are considered in national, provincial and community disaster risk management planning, from prevention to the recovery.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST