Joint ERRP-IRP Regional Conference On Earthquake Risk Reduction in pre and post disaster situation (Current practices and lessons in context of South Asia)
Date: 29-31 July, 2009
In the South Asian region, frequencies of earthquakes continue to result in extensive damages and loss of life. Limited capacities of national organisations and low awareness in the most vulnerable communities add to the devastating impact of these disasters. Public buildings (schools, hospitals, community centres, etc.), infrastructure and private houses in the region, are in many cases highly vulnerable to earthquakes and cause serious destruction of lives and livelihoods.
In order to address these issues at the national and regional level, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiated a regional programme for Earthquake Risk Reduction and Recovery Preparedness with funding support from the Government of Japan. The Programme was proposed in the context of the International Recovery Platform (IRP) to help ensure that disaster reduction approaches are systematically incorporated into the design of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery programs in accordance with the strategic goal of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).
The programme is partnered with Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), Japan to facilitate technical assistance for the regional and country level ERRP activities. The programme has both national and regional dimensions and aims to, at the national level, strengthen the institutional and communities’ capacities to plan and implement earthquake risk reduction strategies; integrating disaster preparedness, mitigation and post disaster recovery in five South Asian countries (Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan). At the regional level, the programme seeks to support