Mou between National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation for Vulnerable Population
Islamabad 25 August 2017:
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is mandated under the Disaster Management Act of 2010 to develop guidelines and SOPs for adequate response to disasters with a special focus on vulnerable population. NDMA is pursuing Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction/Management (DRR/M), wherein safety and security of school-going children against all natural and human-induced calamities is one of the focal areas.
For this purpose, The Gender and Child Cell (GCC) of the NDMA has signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) on DRR and Climate Change Adaptation on 24th August 2017 in Islamabad, to enhance adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerabilities to Climate Change, with a view to contributing to sustainable development and ensuring an adequate adaptation response.
Lt. Gen Omar Mehmood Hyat, Chairman NDMA, and Mr. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, Chief Executive Officer LEAD Pakistan, signed the MoU, which entails cooperation in the field of capacity building, exchange knowledge and expertise, institutional strengthening and technical assistance for mainstreaming of climate change adaptation and DRR for vulnerable population; initiation and execution of joint projects and enhancing response capacity and awareness of children. This MoU envisages institutional cooperation and will help establish long-term mutual collaboration between the two organizations. The MoU will broadly collaborate in the following areas:
1) Capacity development– strengthening the capacity of vulnerable population including children in communities to mainstream climate change adaptation and DRR/M.
2) Research- research, knowledge management and mainstreaming of Climate Change Adaptation and DRR for vulnerable population
3) Institutional Strengthening/Technical Assistance– LEAD Pakistan, through the expertise residing in the organization as well as its extensive knowledge networks would provide technical assistance to NDMA if and when required.
Speaking at the occasion, Lt. Gen Omar Mehmood Hyat, Chairman NDMA, said that in order to switch the role of children as victims of climate change and disasters, it is imperative that we focus on strengthening their capacity as active participants. This includes building their capacity to adapt to climate change and shifting their role from vulnerable individuals to empowered citizens. He expressed hope that the MoU between NDMA and LEAD Pakistan will pave ways for promoting climate change adaptation and resilience building at the national level.
Mr. Mr. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, Chief Executive Officer LEAD Pakistan, said that Pakistan faces immense risks by human induced and natural hazards which can be reduced by building capacity in the context of DRR/M. He termed the signing of the MoU as an important step in the right direction in adapting to a changing environment in the face of an uncertain climatic future.
This MoU will serve as a leading approach to adaptation by encompassing current risks and uncertainties and fostering the adaptive capacity of the most vulnerable.