Consolidating and strengthening DRR in Central Asia through building disaster resilient communities, schools and institutions
On 20 June 2016 in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, – DIPECHO IX Project Induction Workshop was organized within the framework of the Regional Project “DIPECHO IX: Consolidating and strengthening DRR in Central Asia through building disaster resilient communities, schools and institutions” funded by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). The Project is run by German Red Cross and its implementing partners (five Central Asian Red Crescent Societies, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Austrian Red Cross). Each country in Central Asia is vulnerable to natural disasters. Earthquakes, floods and droughts, mudslides and landslides, as well as extreme temperatures are among the most frequent disasters in these countries. Annual losses resulting from natural and man-made catastrophes add up to huge amounts of money. In order to cut these losses there is a need to implement certain initiatives aimed at disaster risk reduction. Thus, early disaster preparedness and mitigation initiatives can considerably reduce vulnerabilities and enhance the capacity of people to respond to and recover from such emergencies. The Project’s implementation was started with conducting a baseline survey in each target country and was followed by the Induction Workshop and Training for Trainers on Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) in Kyrgyzstan on 20-25 June 2016 with the participation of all partners involved in the Project including representatives from the Regional ECHO Office in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Project management, reporting and monitoring issues were discussed at the Induction Workshop, while practical tools of project implementation in the field were covered by the CBDRR training which followed. The Project will support CBDRR activities both in communities and schools, increasing communities’ knowledge on hazards, vulnerability and necessary measures by promoting the application of knowledge gained through holding simulation exercises, implementation of structural mitigation projects, as well as by mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation components into all relevant activities. Additionally, the Project will be aimed at increasing DRR capacities of National Red Crescents, inistries/Committees of Emergencies, local governments and educational institutes at all levels. The Project “DIPECHO IX: Consolidating and strengthening DRR in Central Asia through building disaster resilient communities, schools and institutions” started in April 2016 and will last 18 months. About us • German Red Cross is part of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which started 150 years ago to deliver comprehensive aid to people affected by conflict, disaster, sanitary emergencies, or social hardship, guided solely by their needs. • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people each year through its 188 member National Societies. Together, IFRC acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. • The European Union with its Member States is a leading global donor of humanitarian aid. Through the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the EU helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, ECHO provides assistance to the most vulnerable people solely on the basis of humanitarian needs, without discrimination of race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation.