USAID Climate Ready Knowledge Products: Business Continuity Planning Resources
In the Pacific region, the private sector is largely comprised of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and about 70% of them operate in the agritourism-related sphere. These businesses are particularly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters as they generally lack the resources to invest in risk reduction and contingency planning. The USAID Climate Ready Project teamed up with the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council, the Pacific Business Resilience Council and Chambers of Commerce from Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu to support SMEs to “disaster-proof ” their operations. This publication is a compilation of information provided to SMEs during a series of two-day training workshops on Business Continuity Planning sponsored by USAID Climate Ready in conjunction with Fiji Commerce and Employers’ Federation and the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council. This information has been drawn and adapted from a range of resources, especially materials developed by the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation, Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council, the Pacific Community and the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office. This collection of resources will build awareness on the concepts of disaster readiness and business continuity, and on the key steps for a business to become disaster ready.
USAID Climate Ready is a five-year regional project that works with 11 Pacific island countries – Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu – to achieve their climate change adaptation goals. USAID Climate Ready assists governments and other stakeholders to develop policy, access climate finance, and build capacity to manage adaptation projects.