Representatives of disaster authorities from six Pacific countries came together this week in Fiji to review their use of data after disasters.
According to the UNDP, countries and territories in the region have reported 615 natural disasters over the past three decades that cost their economies around $US4.4 billion dollars.
In 2005 small island nations began conducting post-disaster needs assessments or PDNAs to ensure adequate support was given to areas worst affected by disasters and try and build some resilience to future disasters.
On Wednesday and Thursday a regional review of this process was undertaken in Fiji by representatives of disaster authorities from six Pacific countries.
It was faciliated by UN consultant and disaster assessment expert Asha Kambon.
Dr Kambon spoke with Koroi Hawkins who began by asking her to explain what conducting a PDNA involves.