GIS – 13 October 2016: Our country is committed to develop our National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management policy, strategic framework and action plan in the very near future, announced the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, and Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management, Mr Alain Wong at a ceremony in Port Louis this morning to mark International Day for Disaster Reduction 2016.
According to the Minister, the first step to implementing the Sendai Framework is to understand the risks faced and his Ministry has already identified some of the risks faced by the country through the commissioning of the Disaster Risk Reduction Strategic Framework and Action Plan (DRR Report) in 2013 based on the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, the predecessor of Sendai Framework.
The main aim of the DRR project, he said, was the development of an inundation, flooding and landslide national risk profile for the Republic of Mauritius, along with the development of a strategic framework for the integration of disaster risk management into urban planning and development. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre (NDRRMC) is currently working on the recommendations proposed by the DRR Report, Mr Wong stated.
The implementation of the Sendai Framework will require a participatory, multi-agency and multi-stakeholder engagement, underlined the Minister, adding that the NDRRMC is collaborating with all stakeholders concerned to align Mauritius to the targets and priority actions of the Sendai Framework.
“We are working together on disaster risk reduction and management activities to ensure the sustainability of development efforts and reduce loss of life”, he said.
The various actions taken and being implemented in the wake of mitigating the effect of disasters to save life and property include:
· setting up of a National Multi Hazards Early Warning and Emergency Alert System which is to be completed by end of 2018;
· training of Community Based Disaster Response Teams; launching of a website and use of social media for communication with the public during disasters;
· setting up of a state-of-the art National Emergency Operations Command for managing disasters at national level- Rodrigues will have a Rodrigues Emergency Operations Command and all 12 local authorities will have their Local Emergency Operations Command;
· setting up of a Disaster Response Unit within the Mauritius Police Force to be a specialised high level trained disaster response agency;
· procurement of a Mobile Command Vehicle equipped with robust communication and coordination system to coordinate disaster response on ground; and
· including Disaster Management in the Education Curriculum for Primary and Secondary with a School Safety Plan component.
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