Myanmar to establish first training centre for disaster management

Jul 4, 2013

Nay Pyi Taw – A disaster management training centre will be established in Myanmar to build up national disaster risk reduction capacity for ensuring sustainability of development gains. National and international experts gathered this week in Nay Pyi Taw in a consultation workshop to initiate the establishment of the training centre and to recommend strategy for disaster management capacity development.

UNDP Country Director in Myanmar Toily Kurbanov said capacity development is a key element in promoting disaster risk reduction. “Developing disaster risk reduction capacity however is not an easy task. It demands a whole society including political institutions, civil society, academia and private sector to work together towards a common goal,” he said.

Myanmar now is at its historic crossroad towards a decentralized governance system and market oriented economy. Other countries’ experiences show that development interventions tend to intervene in translation of physical exposure to natural hazards and exacerbate pre-existing vulnerabilities into natural disaster risks and events. “It is therefore critical that disaster risk reduction becomes a priority and is effectively mainstreamed into development processes to ensure the sustainability of development gains and protect investments in the development of Myanmar,” Kurbanov said.

The Myanmar Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction (MAPDRR) launched in 2009 identified the establishment of the training centre as a priority activity to provide technical support on disaster management to ministries, departments and other institutions at region/state and lower administrative levels. The training centre will be managed by Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group, chaired by UNDP, closely works with the ministry in different initiatives including the training centre establishment for promoting disaster resilience in the country.

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