Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lt. General Omar Mahmood Hayat has said that NDMA has renewed focus on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and preparedness, for ensuring resilience building in the face of emerging multiple hazards particularly, those induced by climate change. He stated this while addressing the inaugural session of Strategic Dialogue on Disaster & Climate Resilience in Pakistan.
Chairman NDMA apprised the participants that recently launched Asia-Pacific Disaster Report, 2017 suggests that Pakistan, along with other South Asian countries, is likely to have two to three times more disasters by the year 2030. In this context, NDMA has shifted its focus to building resilience through technical and HR capacity enhancement, the Chairman said.
“We have put in place institutional mechanisms, systems, policies, frameworks, and are undertaking a number of initiatives to strengthen capacity to cope up with the future disasters”. He highlighted importance of various stakeholders to work in a close collaboration so that synergies could be created. He emphasized that this dialogue was an endeavour towards bringing together all stakeholders on a joint platform to support a collaborative approach in moving forward for resilience building in Pakistan. While highlighting the overall objective of the strategic dialogue Muhammad Idrees Masud, NDMA’s Member Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) briefed the participant on NDMA’s future plans and priorities, and said that this forum provided the donors a platform for identifying their inputs for enhancing disaster resilience in Pakistan.