May 7, 2012
Policy makers, bureaucrats discuss disaster, climate risk.
Policy makers and bureaucrats of Nepal have been working to integrate Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Climate Risk Management (CRM) agenda into development plans. Some government officials from the National Planning Commission and sectoral ministries engaged in a fruitful discussion and developed a framework to integrate DRM/CRM into national development process during the two and a half day workshop organised by UNDP, supported by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC).
UNDP through its Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Programme (CDRMP)has been organising trainings, workshops and awareness programs for planners, policy makers and implementers so that the country has robust pro-active and reactive capacities for dealing with natural disasters.
Several activities are already underway to increase the technical and financial capacity for disaster risk reduction of the ministries of home affairs, local development and physical planning and works and other key ministries. CDRMP is supporting the National Planning Commission and the Ministry of Finance to encourage government agencies to allocate funds for disaster risk reduction when budgeting for development projects.
During the workshop, Mr. Yuba Raj Bhusal, Secretary of the NPC thanked UNDP for initiating this awareness programme and emphasized on the critical need for mainstreaming DRM and CRM to protect development gains and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Similarly, at the ground level, thirty-two practicing masons of Kirtipur municipality were recently trained on earthquake resistant building construction. During the course, the masons learnt about common mistakes in construction practices, quality control and retrofitting options. The course also advocated the important role of masons in the implementation of the National Building Code. More than half of the training was dedicated to practical applications where the masons were required to construct actual-size rooms including brick work and steel reinforcement work applying earthquake safe practices.