Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Theme of World Environment Day

Jun 6, 2013

UNDP Afghanistan: Mr. Renaud Meyer, Senior Deputy Country Director, UNDP and H.E. Tariq Esmati, Deputy Minister of MRRD viewing a video on Disaster Preparedness..

Kabul, Afghanistan:
Community-based approaches in disaster risk reduction in Afghanistan were unveiled as part of the observance of the World Environment Day, here today. Non-governmental Organizations displayed best practices in the areas of plans, policies, tools and methods to address the issue of natural disasters across regions in Afghanistan with a view to identify mechanisms to reduce the impact of natural disaster in comprehensive way.

A Special Workshop on “Best Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction”, organized jointly by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), ACTED and UNDP was attended by over 70 representatives and witnessed presentations from UN agencies, Ministries of Government of Afghanistan and NGOs on best practices in natural disaster risk reduction. The UNDP Country Director a.i., Mr. Renaud Meyer and the Deputy Minister, MRRD, Mr. Tariq Ismati addressed the Workshop.

The high frequency of natural disasters in Afghanistan such as earthquakes, floods, droughts, avalanches, landslides and extreme winter causes widespread damages and hampers the development processes.Afghanistan has suffered massive losses due to disasters of severe nature in the past and it is showing an increasing trend.

Mr. Renaud Meyer, Senior Deputy Country Director, UNDP and H.E. Tariq Esmati, Deputy Minister of MRRD viewing the animated video on Preparing for Disaster

Natural hazards pose recurrent threats to human development in Afghanistan and get converted to disasters as soon as they interact with the existing vulnerabilities, including the physical condition of human settlements, poverty and environment. Studies have revealed that the severity of natural disasters has increased over the years with rapid changes in environment degradation. Climate Change has added another dimension in increasing the vulnerabilities in the context of natural disasters.

The one-day workshop in Kabul was one more step in the process of collective efforts for reducing the risk of natural disasters. The workshop provided opportunity to grassroots organizations to demonstrate processes and mechanism being adopted to combat natural disasters globally including by developing policies, institutional systems, deployment of resources and development of capacities for reducing the risk of disasters.

Contact information

For more information in English on this workshop please contact C.T. Chidambaram, Head of programs, ACTED, Kabul, Afghanistan, Ph: +93 798409223.

For information in Dari please contact: Sayed Najeebullah Balkhi, Livelihoods Officer, ACTED,, Kabul,, Ph: 0778484360

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