Disaster Preparedness: Coping Communities (DPCC)

About DPCC

This project aims is to increase resilience of the targeted communities in Hihifo-Haʻapai & Neiafu-Vavaʻu (Funded by FON), Lifuka District in Haʻapai & Koloa and Holeva in Vavaʻu (Funded by NZaid) to better respond to the impacts of a disaster by enabling them to revive, apply and share traditional methods and where necessary merging these practices with modern scientific and technical knowledge.

Haʻapai and Vavaʻu are the two major outer islands of Tonga which are of vulnerable to impacts of natural disasters such as cyclone and floods. The frequency and intensity of these disasters especially flooding is reported to have increased over the recent years due to climate change and have caused serious damage to communities that live along the coastline.

Experience has shown that after massive floods and cyclones, island communities are isolated for several weeks due to a suite of factors. As a consequence these communities are not able to receive food assistance resulting in food crisis which can last for several weeks depending upon the severity of a disaster. Most residents continue to be entrapped in the cycle of poverty after the loss of their crops, houses and other sources of livelihood as a result of reoccurring disasters.


NZaid Project Goal – to reduce the social, economic and environmental impacts of disasters on the Pacific Island communities and economy and promote the achievement of associated MDGs

FON Project Goal – To increase the resilience of Communities towards natural disasters in selected communities (Hihifo-Haʻapai & Neiafu-Vavaʻu)

Expected Outcomes

The main objectives of the NZAid project are:

The main objectives of the FON project are:

Activities Undertaken

The activities of the project will address three major areas as follows:

Main Donors: FON