Integrating disaster risk management into development planning

25 Feb 2009

imageIntegrating disaster risk management into development planning

The UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction in Nepal (DRRN) project organised a five-day (20-24 Feb) national level training in partnership with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (APDC) on Integrating Disaster Risk Management into Development Planning with the assistance of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid department.

The training aimed at enhancing the capacity of Government officials of ten ministries to plan and implement disaster risk reduction initiatives to complement the national level efforts in preparedness and mitigation. Additionally, the longer term expected outcome of this training is to integrate disaster risk management in development planning both at the national and local level.

Altogether 27 participants comprising chief district officers, local development officers, executive officers of municipalities and district planning officers and disaster risk reduction focal desk persons of ten ministries were trained, as part of the implementation of the priority action of the draft National Strategy for Disaster Management of Nepal. The training focused on stakeholder analysis, building alliances and partnerships, understanding the disaster risk management decision making process in Nepal, integration of risk reduction in priority sectors and mainstreaming disaster risk management in local Government sector. A half-day field visit to Dhulikhel municipality, community hospital and district education office was also organised as part of the training to see if disaster preparedness has been integrated into their development plans and to identify the gaps.