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International Recovery Platform

Infrastructure resilience and building standards in Pacific island countries. Developing a regional approach

Considerable studies were conducted in recent years with the aim of improving the resilience of infrastructure to disasters in the Pacific region which is increasingly prone to extreme weather events. These studies have targeted post-disaster reconstruction protocols, post-disaster assessment and recovery frameworks, strengthening capacity for recovery planning and monitoring and disaster insurance provision. Several Pacific island countries (PICs) have received donor assistance in previous years to update building codes and to raise construction standards to withstand more severe natural events. This document treats the matter of building codes which provide minimum standards for safety, health and general welfare, including structural integrity, mechanical integrity (for example sanitation, water supply, light and ven la on), means of egress, re prevention and control and energy conservation.

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