EU and UNDP Sign Agreement to Strengthen Earthquake Preparedness in Myanmar

Jul 7, 2017

Falam, a town in Chin State. The project will be implemented at the national level and at the State/Region level in Bago, Chin, Kachin, Mandalay, Sagaing and Yangon. Photo: Shobhna Decloitre/UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme has received funds (Euro 800,000) from the European Union for a new project that aims to build the resilience of Myanmar’s people and institutions to withstand the impact of earthquakes.

Myanmar is a particularly seismic-prone country, with major cities at risk. The project will be implemented at the national level and at the State/Region level in Bago, Chin, Kachin, Mandalay, Sagaing and Yangon, over a period of 18 months, starting this month.  

The project will strengthen the capacity of government departments to prepare for earthquakes, as well as raise the awareness of communities on actions to prepare for and respond to such natural disasters. Through the project, a national earthquake preparedness plan as well as a plan specifically for Yangon, Myanmar’s most populated city, will be developed.

Expressing appreciation to the European Union for its support, UNDP Country Director in Myanmar, Peter Batchelor said, “Given Myanmar’s vulnerability, it is crucial for government agencies and communities to be prepared for and have systems in place to respond effectively.  UNDP is extremely grateful for the funding from the European Union to support this important work.”

“This project underlines our commitment to support both the government’s priorities in the field of disaster preparedness, and the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) at the regional level”, said Nicolas Louis, Head of the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) office in Yangon. “With the fast urbanization we are presently witnessing in Myanmar, it is essential that cities are better prepared for a large-scale earthquake scenario. We are proud to support the authorities’ efforts in this regard and welcome the collaboration with UNDP”.

The project builds on past initiatives to strengthen Myanmar’s capacity for disaster risk reduction, and has been developed in consultation with the Government of Myanmar and relevant national and international organizations.

 

Contact information

ECHO: Pierre Prakash, Regional Information Officer on Pierre.Prakash@echofield.eu; or
 +66 (0)89 811 5481

UNDP: Shobhna Decloitre, Communications Specialist on shobhna.decloitre@undp.org; or +95 (0) 9250345158

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