Towards national resilience: Good practices of national platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction 2008

Towards national resilience: Good practices of national platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction 2008

Building national resilience through Disaster Risk Reduction

Aimed at national disaster management authorities and national disaster risk reduction stakeholders, this paper intends to further national commitments and action in establishing and working through national platforms to reduce disaster risk.

The paper stresses that governments increasingly recognise the need for comprehensive multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral national coordinating mechanisms to reduce, prevent and manage the impact of natural hazards. It discusses the needs and practice from a large number of countries including:

  • China: user-friendly tools and training manuals are urgently needed. Even though many countries endorsed the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), its implementation has not been easy, due mainly to lack of understanding of the subject
  • Colombia: while it is important to ensure that disaster risk reduction is a national priority through strong political commitment at highest level, it is even more important to have the same sustainable commitment at local level, where action is taken
  • Costa Rica: strong political commitment is necessary to sustain such a disaster risk financing system. The country’s objectives of disaster prevention and response would not have been achieved without resources from the Emergency Fund.