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<< Back to: ICLEI e-News | issue 6, march 2007

International Disaster Risk Management experts meet with ICLEI Members

January 25, 2007

Four ICLEI Members and six international Disaster Risk Management (DRM) experts gathered in Freiburg (Germany) for an intensive, three-day workshop to assess the usability of 21 selected DRM instruments for local governments from 21-23 January 2007.

 

Led by the ICLEI World Secretariat and funded by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the workshop was an important initial step in ICLEI’s Resilient Communities & Cities Initiative. Many DRM strategies focus on the national level, although local governments are their key implementers. ICLEI aims to help its Members reduce their vulnerability to extreme events and anticipate and respond creatively to economic, social, and environmental change in order to increase their long-term sustainability.

 

The implementation of DRM at the local government level encompasses the use of various instruments such as tools, policies, and procedures. Given the multitude of existing instruments available, ICLEI’s goal was to gather a selection of existing instruments that are geared to supporting DRM efforts at the local government level and assess them in terms of their usability by local governments at the workshop.

 

Department heads and disaster and emergency managers from ICLEI Members Blue Mountains (Australia), Cape Town (South Africa), Makati City (the Philippines), and São Paulo (Brazil) participated in the workshop along with disaster management experts from the Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative (EMI), ProVention Consortium, UNDP, UN-HABITAT, and the UN Inter-Agency Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR).

 

The assessment workshop, held at the ICLEI International Training Centre, identified a number of characteristics of DRM instruments that were particularly relevant for local government users. Technical experts and local government participants agreed that raising awareness among local decision-makers of changing disaster risk is an ongoing challenge, particularly in light of global climate change and rapid urban growth in many municipalities.

 

A more detailed report on the workshop will be available in the coming weeks. For more information please contact: resilient.communities@iclei.org.

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