3 Jul 2013

Cooks emergency official says Pacific will benefit from shared resources

4:21 am on 3 July 2013

An emergency manager in the Pacific is hopeful that countries will cope with disasters better now that climate change and disaster risk groups have come together for this first time this week.

The Director of Emergency Management of the Cook Islands Charles Carlson says there are many resources tied up in both types of NGOs and smaller countries like his have led the way with combined departments and legislation.

Mr Carlson is attending the talks in Fiji this week before the regional climate change and disaster risk meetings next week in Nadi.

He says it has taken some effort in the past to work together, but now he is happy to see resources being shared.

"A couple of years ago when I came into the circle, there was certainly that division between the disaster management circle and the climate change. I think for us in the Cook Islands we have managed to bring it close together. There's a lot of relations between the two so we would like to move into the future together, doing things together rather than each doing their own thing."

The Director of Emergency Management of the Cook Islands Charles Carlson.