Community members from disaster-prone UCs trained

CHITRAL, Dec 5: As intimated by the Deputy Director (T&A) PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that Network of Disaster Management Practitioners (NDMP) in collaboration with PDMA, under the support of UNDP’s Supporting Community Resilience (SCORE) Project, have planned seven NOs trainings each for five-days, from seven selected villages (in two disaster prone UCs of Chitral) engaging local men and women as participants, keeping in view the disaster profile of the UCs/villages as per set criterion. These trainings will lead to the foundation stone of the village level disaster management committee (VDMC), the grassroots level of our National Disaster Management System, says a press release issued from the office of Assistant Commissioner/District Disaster Management Officer Chitral. Under the pursuing of District Disaster Management Unit (DDMU) Chitral, all the district line departments including I/NGOs working in the district have been taken onboard and overseeing the process. The District Administration/DDMU has contemplated all possible efforts to the successful conduct of the trainings. The PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is monitoring the whole CBDRM process and providing technical input as well. Community Based Disaster Management (CBDRM) is an integral part of sustainable development, which places communities are at the heart of decision making vis-à-vis identification, assessment evaluation and management of disaster risks at the local level. Although disasters affect large areas, the effects are severe at the local level. Through CBDRM, Communities tend to enhance their resilience to natural and human induced disasters by proactively designing and implementing locally viable measures, and also equipped themselves with the basic skills of an effective disaster response and recovery. Taking the advantage of the concluding session of the previous three CBDRM Courses, the Assistant Commissioner/DDMO, Chitral Mr. Muhammad Saad Nawaz Qaisarani, and Incharge DDMU, Mr. Rashid-ul-Ghafoor, appraised the efforts of the UNDP and NDMP team, and emphasized the need for CBDRM in a fragile environment like Chitral, as community are considered the first responder during emergencies. It is important to mention that PDMA KP monitoring the activities as Mr. Siddique Ahmad, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer PDMA KP, was monitoring the courses. Training Team: Under the portfolio of NDMP, Training & Research the training team includes highly skilled professionals of national and international reputation including Mr. Falak Nawaz (Supervision), Ismail Khan (Program Manager), Aamir Qayum (Program coordinator), Shafiullah, Sayid Tahir Abbas Sherazi, Irshad, Masliha, Misbahulhaq, Minhajuddin & Nazira Durrani.]]>

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