Proceedings of workshop towards operationalising of regional consensus on disaster risk reduction in South Asia

Proceedings of workshop towards operationalising of regional consensus on disaster risk reduction in South Asia

Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into national development

This paper reports on a meeting to review the status of the implementation of the Delhi Declaration and to chalk out a programme of action that helps to operationlise the South Asian Association Regional Consensus (SAARC) on Disaster Management. Its aim was to understand and agree on current status of mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into development at national level, and to identify gaps and ways and means to address gaps.

A five year action plan that addresses commitment under five key areas was agreed by the meeting including:

  • incorporating DDR into development planning and having adequate methodologies/ tools and capacity to do so
  • clarity, knowledge and capacity for Decentralised Disaster Risk Management (DDRM)
  • moving towards regional Hazard Vulnerability Mapping (HVM) and Early Warning Systems (EWS)
  • relevance and effective contribution from South Asian Institutions to regional disaster risk reduction and development.
Key action recommendations arising from each of these respective themes include:
  • advocacy programmes for policymakers for better conceptual clarity on disaster development linkages
  • government audits to include provision for community consultation to verify DRR inclusion in development processes - build community capacity to demand and participate in such audits
  • developing methodologies to standardise procedures for mapping that incorporates technical and social aspects
  • before finalising a national stand on policy issues, each country should go through a national consultation process, involving all stakeholders including civil society.