SADC welcomes regional disaster preparedness planning to develop strategies for impacts of El Niño and major disease outbreaks in region – World
SADC hosts regional disaster preparedness planning to develop strategies for the impacts of El Niño and major disease outbreaks in the region.
The workshop is in line with the SADC Regional Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Framework which provides for seasonal disaster preparedness planning at national and regional levels to mitigate all forms of disasters in the region that are related to disasters. hydrometeorological factors.
Seasonal Disaster Preparedness Planning 2018/19 is one of the recommendations of the 22nd Annual Southern Africa Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-22) which presented a consensus perspective for the 2018/2019 rainy season in the SADC region.
The workshop brought together DRR experts from the SADC region and beyond and successfully achieved its specific objectives by reviewing national and regional disaster contingency plans for 2018/19 with a focus on on the implications of the potential impacts of El Niño and the management of major epidemics. Among others, the workshop:
developed a response monitoring mechanism to track seasonal developments in drought and key epidemics such as Ebola, cholera and hepatitis E; facilitated the sharing of tools, experiences, challenges, best practices and lessons learned related to disaster preparedness planning in the SADC region; and also conducted regional technical validation of key DRR strategic documents being developed in support of SADC regional DRR. The workshop responded to the provisions of the SADC Disaster Preparedness and Response Fund (2016 – 2030) and Strategy which were approved by the SADC Council of Ministers in 2017, in particular strategic priority number 2, which calls for a focus on strengthening disasters. preparedness and response capacity.
In his speech, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office in Namibia, Mr. Indongo Shivute called on SADC Member States to act together on issues of common interest and to come up with a comprehensive and integrated regional approach to the disaster risk reduction. He lamented the El Niño which is expected to sweep the region, saying it will severely affect some member states by causing either drought or flooding. He further stated that this was one of many initiatives aimed at providing SADC and its Member States with opportunities to implement the right decisions and develop strategies and recommendations that mitigate all forms of hardship resulting from the El Niño phenomenon, including floods. , drought and other natural hazards.
SADC Director for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR), Mr. Domingos Gove informed the assembly that the overall objective of the 3-day meeting was to contribute to substantial risk reduction disaster and loss of life, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of people, businesses and communities. He said forecast El Niño conditions with below normal rains and high temperatures paint a threatening picture in terms of rainfall performance and, therefore, food production.
The workshop was attended by SADC member states, national disaster management agencies and epidemic control officials as well as those from key sectors for national drought response mechanisms; the Regional Inter-Agency Standing Committee (RIASCO) and other regional and international stakeholders responsible for DRR, including international cooperation partners and international NGOs.
The workshop was supported by the SADC DRR Capacity Building Project with World Bank funding under the European Union and ACP program on Natural Disaster Risk Reduction.