Islamabad, November 01, 2012 (PPI-OT): National Disaster Management Authority, in collaboration with Oxfam GB, organized a two-day consultation meeting on Engaging SAARC in Disaster Resilience at Islamabad Club, Islamabad. The salient objectives of the meeting are:
To discuss the commonalities of vulnerabilities of the people of South Asia in terms of disasters amid impacts of climate change
To Analyze ‘SAARC Comprehensive Framework on Disaster Management” and ‘SAARC Agreement on Rapid Response to Natural Disasters’ -Challenges, bottlenecks and opportunities for regional cooperation
To bring key stakeholders from SAARC governments, civil society and media together to map out a way forward as to how SAARC on the pattern of ASEAN can be mobilized to respond to emergencies as regional and countries action.
Participants from SAARC-member countries and representatives from related national institutions are participating in the event.
The meeting was inaugurated on 1st November, 2012. The Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Qamar Zaman Kaira was the chief guests.
Cherian Mathews, Deputy Regional Director, Oxfam Asia, in his welcome address, highlighted that this is the prime time when we all have to take the challenges of climate change to make our communities resilient to the disasters.
He appreciated NDMA for taking the lead in organizing a joint consultative meeting for engaging SAARC in disaster resilient and bringing together representatives from SAARC-member countries and civil societies and academia and media.
Participants from member countries shed light on the common vulnerabilities and the system in place for disaster management in their respective regions and how they cope with these natural atrocities. Countries of South Asian more or less comprise same topographies and are always exposed to natural disasters.
Mr. Pradip Koirla, Head of Disaster Management Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, Nepal, said that due to the fact that the country is surrounded by huge mountains, the land is prone to calamities. Therefore, it is their priority to engage in both disaster risk management (DRM) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities.
Ms. M.S. Mohammad, Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management, Bangladesh said that the country is exposed to the risk of floods and is coping with the seasonal disasters. Their early warning system is quite effective.
Mr. Abdul Muhsin, Director, Maldives Meteorological Services, said that the country is a conglomerate of small islands and has a continuous threat of floods.
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