Strengthening local logistics systems in Micronesia

02 May 2018
Humanitarian Logistics

This April, 40 participants came together on Majuro Atoll in the North Pacific to discuss logistics solutions and disaster preparedness at Micronesia’s first Logistics Cluster sub-regional Workshop.

The five-day event convened by the World Food Programme’s Pacific Office, as lead of the Pacific Logistics Cluster, and Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), brought participants together from Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Palau and RMI, as well as a selection of regional agencies.

Recognizing the diversity of the Pacific region, the workshop provided an opportunity for disaster response workers to share ideas and knowledge on challenges specific to Micronesia, with the geographical expanse of the North Pacific posing unique challenges of time, transport and distance.

Across the week participants took part in presentations on core logistics themes including coordination, civilian-military-police relations, prepositioning, stockpile mapping, warehousing, unsolicited bilateral donations (UBDs) and capturing logistics data. On day 4, attendees had a chance to apply their skills and knowledge gained across the week in a day-long disaster simulation based on a tsunami emergency response scenario.

The workshop was integral for fostering cross-country collaboration and assisted in laying the foundations on strengthening logistics preparedness and national work plans moving forward. For more information on the event, see the report here.

The workshop in RMI was the first of six proposed workshops to take place across the Pacific’s three sub-regions (Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia) over the next three years.