GIS – 09 October, 2017: A five-day workshop on Ecosystem Management for Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation kicked off this morning at Palms Hotel, Quatre Bornes, and will culminate with the International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13th October 2017.
The workshop, funded by the European Union (EU), is a joint initiative of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre (NDRRMC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC). It brings together some 46 participants from disaster management, environment, local authorities, and the private sector. The resource persons are Mr Pelle Bagesund from IOC, and Ms Fabiola Monty and Ms Radhika Murti from IUCN.
The main objectives of the workshop are to enhance understanding of the role of biodiversity and ecosystems services for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation as well as develop capacities for designing and implementing Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) approaches that also support long-term adaptation. The workshop is also a platform for participants to grasp the emerging policy, practice and business case of ecosystem-based approaches when compared to engineered infrastructure or non-action for risk reduction.
Moreover, besides establishing networking, cross-sectoral dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders from disaster management, climate change, conservation and development, the workshop also promotes the sharing of ideas to implement ecosystem management for disaster risk reduction at national and sub-national levels and exploring possibilities of reporting such efforts for multiple national commitments. This forum also aims at building cross-ministerial and cross-sectoral partnerships to develop coherent national and sub-national action plans.
In his address, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Manoj Seebaruth, highlighted that in view of ascertaining that all facets of the Sendai Framework are considered for disaster risk reduction in Mauritius, the NDRRMC has sought the collaboration of the IUCN for further enlightening the relevant institutions on Eco-DRR. He added that the IUCN, with its strong technical expertise and direct field experiences, is uniquely positioned to tackle the multi-dimensional issues behind disaster risks and works to prove the value of nature-based solutions to reduce them.
Mr Seebaruth underscored that the mainstreaming of Eco-DRR will require a participatory, multi-agency and multi-stakeholder engagement, adding that the workshop should not be considered as a kick and go workshop. He also emphasised that participants need to seize the opportunity provided by the EU, IUCN and IOC to pave the way for a better future for Mauritius by making the island disaster resilient through inclusion of Eco-DRR.
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