The National Symposium series on Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation continues

27 Dec 2011

With the anticipated accelerated development, the Sri Lankan socio political environment is poised to change significantly within the next couple of years. Development pressures combined with climate induced processes may change the potential vulnerabilities of disasters. It is therefore necessary to harness the ideas and scientific knowledge to reduce disaster risks at policy, regional and community levels.

Held on November 24 and 25 at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, the third National Symposium on Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation aimed to facilitated knowledge sharing among the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) practitioners to support the vision towards a ‘safer Sri Lanka’. The  symposium was conducted in the presence of Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Disaster Management, Ms. S. M Mohamed Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management, Mr. Subinay Nandy, UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative and many other distinguished guests.

In his keynote address Prof. Ranjith Premalal De Silva, Vice chancellor, Uva Wellassa University highlighted the need for well established national spatial data infrastructure to facilitate data and information exchange and improved geospatial services needed for achieving development goals. Sri Lanka is rich in data, but the maximum benefit of information availability is yet to be harnessed for development work such as environment conservation, awareness and education, research and development and disaster risk reduction.

The panel discussions of the symposium focused on potential entry points for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in current development efforts, private sector involvement in Disaster Risk Reduction and use of DRR tools to minimize the impacts of disasters. The symposium concluded with a consultative discussion for senior media professionals that highlighted the need for more and regular interaction between the main disaster management actors and the media.