Community based Disaster Managment Practice 2006-2008
Realizing the gravity of the situation reflected by alarming mortality and economic loss statistics generated by disasters, UNDP piloted the Community Based Disaster Management Project.This Project commenced operation at the community level from April 2006. It encouraged and supported the local communities and people from 42 wards of Syangja, Tanahu, Chitwan, Makawanpur, Sarlahi and Sindhuli districts which were worst hit and constantly facing problems of flood, landslide and river cut each year with the onset of monsoon to start activities for minimizing the impact of these disasters.
The project, which was started as a model, has enhanced knowledge of disaster preparedness and disaster coping skills at the local level. Local people were trained to enhance their capacity to reduce their risk from natural hazards. The project also works with the central and local government levels. It is worthy of note that the government is soon expected to approve a separate disaster management act and policy.