This meeting was held from 10 to 12 July 2012 in Kathmandu,
jointly with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), Nepal
a follow-up activity to the Expert Group Meeting on Geo-reference Disaster Risk Management System in Asia-Pacific Region held from 15 to 17 February 2012 in Bangkok , and also an activity of the project entitled “ Improving disaster risk preparedness in the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) region ” which ESCAP is currently implementing . This project has the overall goal of strengthening government capacities in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) through the use of geo-referenced information tools for effective disaster risk preparedness, and timely early recovery efforts in the Asia-Pacific region with focus on countries with special needs (CSN).
The workshop discussed the importance of standardized geo-referenced information, and necessity of having a strong institutional mechanism and coordination for data/information sharing among the relevant national agencies, and networking and community of practices for an effective disaster risk management, among others. The workshop also included study visit to ICIMOD.
The workshop was attended by 13 country representatives/senior level decision/policy makers and international/regional/sub-regional and inter-governmental organizations) in the region, particularly from South and South-West Asia (SSWA), and North and Central Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Georgia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan).
Representatives of international/regional organizations such as
UNDP, UNISDR, UNOCHA, WFP, World Bank and ICIMOD
also participated in the workshop. There was also participation from USAID/Nepal.
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Session: 1- Improving Disaster Risk Management through Geo-referenced Information System in the ESCAP region
Session: 2- Overview of Geo-referenced Disaster Risk Management ( Geo-DRM ) Information System
Session: 3- Regional Geo-DRM Systems for Disaster Risk Management
Session: 4- Country Presentations
Session: 5- Institutional and Policy issues and Networking
Session: 6- Demonstration of Proposed System
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