EU event to extract lessons learned from Pakistan floods

27 Jun 2013

imageA photo exhibition showcasing photos on the recovery work done in Pakistan following the floods was inaugurated at the event on 26 June. Several of UNDP's photos, like this, are part of the exhibition. Photo: Satomi Kato / UNDP Pakistan

On 26 June, EU’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments organized the event The EU and Flood Recovery: Lessons Learnt for the Next Disaster in Pakistan in Brussels.

Following the worst floods in Pakistan’s history in 2010, the complex needs of the affected population were addressed through various EU assistance measures. One such measure was funded through the Instrument for Stability (IfS) and implemented by UNDP and Internews Europe.

As the IfS-funded project came to an end a few months ago, the purpose of the event was to bring key actors together to assess the impact and effectiveness of the project and to agree on some concrete lessons learned – extending beyond the immediate realms of the project. These lessons will, in turn, serve to inform any future actions for key actors in the region. The timeliness of the event is of particular pertinence given that the region is now anticipating a further disruptive monsoon season in 2013.

UNDP Country Director in Pakistan and the EU Ambassador in Pakistan
Inauguration of Tehsil Dar Office in Pabbi, Nowshera by H.E. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark Ambassador of the EU, together with Marc-Andre Franche (left), UNDP Country Director in Pakistan. The rebuilding was part of an EU-funded UNDP programme.

UNDP’s Country Director in Pakistan, Mr. Marc-Andre Franche, one of the participants and presenters, welcomed the event, saying it was “an opportunity for partners in recovery to reflect on lessons together, something that we should do more”.

Mr. Franche presented the achievements of UNDP’s post floods Early Recovery Programme in Pakistan, a programme which was partly financed by the EU. He also shared the lessons learned from the implementation of the programme.

“Early recovery worked”, Mr. Franche said. “But it can only be sustained if we are able to effectively link it to regular development programmes by the government, supported by the international community.”

Summarizing one of the conclusions of the event, Mr. Franche said: “What was clear was the need to advocate for greater investments in preparedness and disaster risk reduction to reduce the cost of relief and recovery next time.”

A report summarizing the lessons learned has been prepared by the organizers.

The event also inaugurated a photo exhibition illustrating the efforts led by the EU IfS in the context of the Floods Recovery in Pakistan in the last three years, in which several photos also illustrating the results of the EU-UNDP partnership can be seen.

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Survivors of Pakistan's floods lay foundations for new homes

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Background: Pakistan floods and UNDP-EU partnership
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Background Pakistan Floods

 

In July 2010, heavy monsoon rains in the northern part of Pakistan, gradually spreading south, caused almost one fifth of the country to become flooded. The floods affected over 18 million people and caused widespread displacement and destruction of resources including crops, housing, buildings, roads and irrigation infrastructure. The situation was made worse by new floods in 2011 and 2012.

 

UNDP Early Recovery Programme

In October 2010, UNDP launched an Early Recovery Programme, targeting 29 flood-affected districts. The programme mobilized USD 85 million from several donors, out of which the EU, through its Instrument for Stability, provided USD 20 million in March 2011. The programme ended in March 2013.

Some Programme Results

The programme supported about 5.5 million people in livelihoods restoration, community rehabilitation and resilience building in about 4000 villages across the 29 districts.

 

Temporary employment benefitted 1.3 million people through cash-for-work schemes to rehabilitate community-based infrastructure (roads, bridges, culverts, irrigation canals).

 

The formation of over 10,000 community organizations was supported, and their members trained in disaster risk management and the establishment of community-based early warning systems and risk mitigation plans.

 

60 micro-hydro power units were restored, and 2,200 biogas plants were established to provide communities with access to alternate energy. The programme also provided solar water pumps, street lights and heaters to the affected communities.

Read more about the programme in the project brief