Training Course Builds On China-Bangladesh Exchange For Disaster Risk ReductionJun 29, 2017
A Community Based Capacity Training Course was held recently from June 12th-15th in Mymensingh city, Bangladesh, in order to facilitate knowledge sharing and build capacity for increased community disaster risk capacity.
The course was co-hosted by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China (MCA) and UK Department for International Development (DFID), and organized by National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Mymensingh city.
Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone nations in the world. Every year, about 10 million Bangladeshi citizens are impacted by one or more natural hazards. Catastrophic events have become more common in recent years causing heavy losses in Asian countries, increasing the need for collaboration on knowledge and support. China is also affected by almost all types of natural disaster, and its experience has great relevance to other developing countries in Asia such as Bangladesh.
Due to the huge economic, environmental and social effects natural disasters can have on communities in the affected countries, improving Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) has been recognized as an essential goal for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ensuring that communities receive both rapid support and operational training.
The training course looked to continue facilitation of knowledge exchange between China and Bangladesh to promote the SDGs, under the Sharing and Learning on Community Based Disaster Management in Asia Project (CBDM Asia Phase II).
Through inclusive cooperation partnership building, the CBDM Asia Phase II programme facilitates extensive communication and pragmatic cooperation among disaster management departments, international organizations, academics and civil society organizations in the UK, China, Bangladesh and Nepal.
The training course in Bangladesh not only provided an opportunity to build previous courses for mutual learning and better understanding between China and Bangladesh regarding the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) knowledge in face of mega-disasters, but also contributed to partnership building, pooling of knowledge and techniques.
Over two days local trainees were provided with practical knowledge essential for building local disaster resilience capacity, focusing on included Community Disaster Risk Identification, Assessment and Mapping, Community Emergency Material Allocation, and a Disaster Information Sharing and Service Platform.
Around 37 participants were engaged in the cooperative training programme, representing a wide range of professional backgrounds, including government officials, experts from NDRCC, UNDP Bangladesh, Mymensingh Municipality and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). This breadth emphasized the broad interest the CBDM programme is attracting and its effectiveness in promoting south-south exchange.
The training team gathered a lot of information about the local context and the trainees and made targeted adjustment in the training program and methods, getting fully prepared before the training. To accommodate the needs of trainees in terms of language and disaster management knowledge, English-Bengali interpretation and translation was also provided throughout the training, to ensure the best possible delivery of knowledge and skills.
A risk mapping research team introduced the method of community disaster risk identification and mapping, and provided information on difficulties they met during risk collection and mapping. This training has verified that project outputs are both practical and applicable. It is an opportunity for China and Bangladesh to share more on DRR technologies and consolidate the partnerships for future collaboration.
Through endeavors strengthening capacity building for DRR under the framework of SSC and the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), UNDP China hopes that these types of training programmes can participation strengthen future cooperation.
Knowledge exchange, mutual learning and partnership on disaster management can ensure that future responses to disasters are faster, more efficient, and inclusive, ultimately saving the lives of those most at risk in Bangladesh.