NDMA-ADPC launch resilience building project in Pakistan
Islamabad, 16-19 October 2017:
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) have jointly launched a 16-month project aimed at strengthening institutions for developing resilience in Pakistan. Senior government officials from NDMA, Federal Flood Commission, Ministry of Climate Change, Geological Survey of Pakistan, Meteorological Department, and Planning Commission attended the first of an advanced disaster resilience training course in Islamabad today which also marked the official beginning of the project. A highly-level policy dialogue with development partners will also be organized this week.
The World Bank has provided the financial support under the EU-South Asia Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management Program, which is administered by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. The Bank intends to facilitate a long-term disaster risk management (DRM) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) capacity development investment in partnership with NDMA.
The current project is expected to engage with senior officials representing the federal and provincial governments on a range of activities including national trainings, policy dialogues, international trainings, exposure visits and lessons-sharing workshops.
“NDMA welcomes this very timely support from the World Bank as it will significantly complement our ongoing capacity building efforts across Pakistan. We believe the design of the project will allow government officials to learn both conceptual and practical elements of DRR and CCA in a more meaningful manner”, said Brig. Mukhtar Ahmed, Member, Operations, NDMA.
As part of the capacity building program, ADPC would be imparting training to senior government officers on advanced concepts of urban and fiscal resilience to disasters and climate impacts. In this regard National Training Course on Climate Change Risk and Disaster Management in Pakistan was organized from 16-19 October 2017.
“We are partnering with NDMA and key stakeholders for improving Pakistan’s resilience to natural disasters”, said Haris Khan, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist of the World Bank in Pakistan. “Building resilience to disaster and climate impacts is critical to ensure reduction in extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity in the country”