GIS - 19 June, 2017: The identification of disaster risk reduction gaps for the Republic of Mauritius and translation of those gaps into a programme of action with set timeframes and responsibilities were at the centre of discussions of a workshop which kicked off this morning at Le Voila Hotel in Bagatelle.
The three-day workshop organised at the initiative of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Centre (NDRRMC), in collaboration with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) office, aims at making Mauritius more disaster resilient. It will provide participants, officials from governmental and parastatal bodies, a full insight of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and its adaptability for application to national existing plans.
In his opening address, the Officer in Charge of NDRRMC, Mr K. Servansing, recalled that the implementation of the Sendai Framework, through the improvement of sustainable and resilient disaster management, requires a participatory, multi-agency and multi-stakeholder engagement in line with national and international standards. Disasters can have a serious impact on the country’s economy and society, and the efforts made to achieve a sustainable socio-economic development, he said, adding that training additional trainers is thus essential so as to address the issue of risk reduction and disaster management, he added.
According to Mr Servansing, the most effective way to envisage risk reduction and management is by improving the engagement of all levels of society and by integrating disaster management in Government development programmes and later involve businesses of the private sector. Commitment to a comprehensive approach to risk management, including mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery is also important, he pointed out.
Resource persons from UNISDR, Dr. A. Kumar, Deputy Head of the UNISDR Regional Office for Africa, and Ms S. Wade-Apicella, Programme Officer at UNISDR Office for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute, will bring global best practices and encourage sharing of experiences amongst the participants.