– 13 October, 2017: In the context of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDRR) 2017, a five-day workshop on Ecosystem Management for Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation was held at Palms Hotel, Quatre Bornes. The theme for this year is “Home Safe Home: Reducing Exposure, Reducing Displacement”.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable, Mrs Nema Devi Goorah, the Ambassador of European Union to the Republic of Mauritius and to the Republic of Seychelles, Mrs Marjaana Sall, the Officer in Charge of the Indian Ocean Commission, Mr Raj Mohabeer, and other personalities were present at the closing ceremony of the workshop.
On that occasion, Mrs Goorah, recalled that the 13th of October was declared International Day for Disaster Reduction by the United Nations General Assembly in view of promoting a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. She stated that for 25 years, the IDRR has been a major global awareness event to encourage further efforts to build disaster resilient communities and nations.
The Permanent Secretary underscored that the IDRR is also an opportunity to acknowledge the substantial progress being made towards reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health, and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, communities and countries. She pointed out that last year 24,2 million people were displaced as a result of disasters that were recorded by the International Displacement Monitoring Centre.
She outlined that, in the context of “Home Safe Home: Reducing Exposure, Reducing Displacement”, Government has initiated the following projects: Relocation of 11 families of Quatre Soeurs whose houses have been affected by landslides; Quatre Soeur Refuge Centre; and Coastal Protection works at Rivière Des Galets.
With regard to the five-day workshop, the Permanent Secretary pointed out that participants, who have gained new and useful knowledge, are now able to bring it to their respective organisations so as to apply the Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction approach.
She also underlined that the challenge for the International Union for Conservation of Nature is now to build partnerships and provide nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction that will guide stakeholders in developing and implementing the most effective strategies to build resilience to the impacts of climate change and reduce the frequency and severity of disasters.
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