World Bank and NDMA Organize Trainings for National Working Group on Vulnerability and Risk Assessment

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Islamabad ( Staff Reporter ) The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), in collaboration with the World Bank, organized a series of trainings for members of the National Working Group (NWG) on Vulnerability and Risk Assessments from July 1 - 12, 2013, at Serena Hotel, Islamabad. The trainings were delivered by experts of the World Bank, and were focused on Probabilistic Flood and Seismic Hazards and Exposure Modeling.

These trainings were part of the World Bank’s technical assistance to NDMA and to National Working Group on Vulnerability and Risk Assessments, in creating a national platform for risk assessments, which brings together a number of Pakistan’s technical agencies to collaborate under one umbrella, for the first time. The participants of the training course belong to various government departments and agencies, including the NDMA, PDMAs, Geological Survey of Pakistan, SUPARCO, Pakistan Meteorological Department, Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA), NESPAK, as well as academia.

Highlighting the importance of these trainings, Chairman NDMA, Maj. Gen. Muhammad Saeed Aleem, said that such capacity building activities not only fostered a healthy exchange of knowledge between international and Pakistani experts, but would also lead towards mainstreaming DRR through informed planning and decision making, as well as creating a culture of resilience.

World Bank’s Country Coordinator on Disaster Risk Management, Mr. Haris Khan, stated that the Bank is supporting the Government of Pakistan’s priorities in the DRM sector, particularly on moving from a response-based system to a more pro-active and holistic approach towards DRM. He further stated that the Bank is bringing its global experience and technical expertise to address DRM issues in Pakistan, and is already helping the government in understanding the physical and fiscal risks posed by natural disasters. Certificates were also distributed amongst the participants at the conclusion of the training course.

12 July 2013