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Stakeholders brainstorm on disaster risk reduction

Oct 25, 2016, 10:21 AM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

Stakeholders in disaster risk reduction and relief services on Monday gathered at the NaNA conference hall to discuss the way forward on disaster risk reduction.

The daylong forum was part of events marking the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, and it was organised by the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), with the support of ActionAid The Gambia.

Organisers said the gathering was designed to serve as a platform to lobby for more support for investments that can contribute to the reduction of shocks and their impacts. 

The participants also brainstormed on ways to attract investment to early warning systems, research, capacity building for the NDMA and grassroots stakeholder response to an emergency.

Speaking on the occasion, Alhagie Manjang, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, said the International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October, was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction.

The 2016 celebration marks the launching of the new Sendai Seven Campaign centering on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework, the first of which is reducing disaster mortality.

The executive director of NDMA, Lieutenant Colonel Alhajie Sanneh, said there is a need to mainstream disaster risk reduction into the national development process.

Almamo Barrow, head of Policy and Programmes at ActionAid, said disaster risk reduction is the concept and practice of reducing disaster risk through systematic efforts to analyse and reduce the causal factors of disaster.

Examples of disaster risk reduction, he said, are reducing exposure to hazards, lessening vulnerability of people and property, wise management of land and the environment, and improving preparedness and early warning for adverse events.