National Disaster Management Authority, World Bank organise inaugural session of National Working Group on Risk Assessment

Islamabad, November 19, 2012 (PPI-OT): National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) invited disaster risk management stakeholders to the Inaugural Session of National Working Group on Risk Assessment, at Marriot Hotel, Islamabad, with support of the World Bank, to discuss and propose new methods and tools for disaster risk assessments in Pakistan. Mr. Mir Changez Khan Jamali, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, presided over the meeting as Chief Guest.

The meeting was held to gather all the stakeholders to develop a single national platform for a comprehensive disaster risk assessment of the country with the usage of elaborate and uniform tools.

Federal Minister for Information Technology said that it is time to incorporate national disaster management in the secondary and high school curricula. Not pursuing it will not be an option in the future and we will not be forgiven by our successors. He praised the efforts made by NDMA in disaster relief.

Chairman NDMA Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir said that World Bank’s efforts in flood relief activities are laudable and NDMA will look forward in the future for strengthened collaboration.

He said that NDMA will not take to rest until the last flood victim is taken care of. He said that NDMA, under the guidance of Federal Minister for Climate Change, Rana Farooq Saeed, is in the concluding phase of finalizing national disaster policy and force.

He further averred that federal government has granted Rs. 6 Billion to NDMA for disaster relief and management, for which NDMA is thoroughly grateful to the President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.

The addresses were followed by a presentation by Mr. Ahmed Raza Sarwar (DG-NIDM) emphasizing the need of development of a single national platform for risk assessment, with a proposed model for an efficient system for risk assessments in Pakistan. Mr. Ahmed Raza Sarwar said that the current sources of information on disaster related issues in the affected areas are scant and therefore, affect the overall effective work of the tools in result.

In this regard, it has carved a joint effort with the World Bank on Comprehensive Approach to Probabilistic Risk Assessment (CAPRA), an efficient tool for disaster risk management. Pakistan Government plans to develop a national platform based on CAPRA schematics, and Work Bank has offered to provide technical assistance in this regard.

The CAPRA initiative started in January 2008, as a partnership between Centre for Coordination of National Disaster Prevention in Central America (CEPREDENAC), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), the Inter-American Development (IADB) and the World Bank as a means to support the countries of Central America to develop a Disaster Risk Information Platform for decision making, using a common methodology and tools for evaluating and expressing disaster risk.

For more information, contact:
Ahmed Kamal
Spokesperson
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
Tel: +9251 9215412
Cell: +92300 5278981 and +92331-5657779
Email: maf@ndma.gov.pk

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