National Planners trained on mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management and Climate Risk Management

17 Apr 2012

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Sustainable Disaster Risk Management (DRM), Climate Risk Management (CRM) and the protection of development gains in Nepal requires the mainstreaming of these approaches into planning, policies and programmes. In recognition of the importance of these issues, a national training on mainstreaming DRM and CRM was jointly organized by the National Planning Commission and the UNDP Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Programme with technical support from Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre.

The objective of this training session was to enhance the understanding of national planners on the importance of mainstreaming DRM and CRM and strengthen capacities in methods to mainstream these issues into the development process.

High-level and wide-ranging attendance from programme directors (under-secretary level) from the National Planning Commission (NPC), Joint and under-secretaries from sector ministries and Joint Secretaries from different divisions within the NPC worked together for two and half days to develop a framework to mainstream DRM/CRM into national development process. This framework would guides national planners on why, where and how to integrate DRM/CRM issues into existing development process.
Mr. Yuba Raj Bhusal, secretary for the NPC, thanked UNDP for initiating this training and emphasized the critical need for mainstreaming DRM and CRM. Mr. Bhusal also highlighted that the NPC has the crucial responsibility of facilitating the implementation of development policies and plans.This workshop would help us to protect development gains and achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Nepal considering the risks from disaster into planning, project appraisal, budgeting, and monitoring and evaluation systems of the NPC.

Ms. Shoko Noda, Country Director UNDP, stressed that all development interventions that do not mainstream DRM and CRM are at risk when a major disaster strikes. As one of the most disaster prone countries in the world, Nepal must ensure development plans integrate DRM and CRM issues to sustain development and protect economic potential. In order to support Nepal in protecting its development, Ms. Noda noted that UNDP will work with the NPC to mainstream DRM and CRM into development plans.

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