Flagship Programme Package on Disaster Risk Reduction handed over
A new Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) initiative for Nepal was handed over to the Ministry of Home Affairs by Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom, the Assistant Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action, during the symposium organised by the UN System in Nepal on 14 October to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction.
This new DRR initiative is organised around 5 flagship areas. The first initiative includes vulnerability assessment and the retrofit and seismic strengthening of school and hospital buildings in the Kathmandu valley. The second component seeks to increase the emergency preparedness and response capacity of the government. The third part focuses on improving flood management in the Koshi River Basin, one of the largest river basins in South Asia.
The fourth flagship initiative proposes to scale up local level risk assessment methodologies at the community level. The fifth and the final component focuses on further building institutional capacity of the Government and setting up of financial mechanisms.
This flagship programme is supported by the World Bank, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society, the UNDP, Asian Development Bank, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in Kathmandu.
National Strategy Approved
The first National Strategy for Disaster Risk Management in Nepal (NSDRMN) was approved by the cabinet in October 2009. The document serves as a milestone towards achieving the goal of a `Disaster Resilient Nepal’. Under the leadership of the Ministry of Home Affairs, this document was prepared with financial support of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (DG ECHO), UNDP and technical support of National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET).