KATHMANDU:- Various speakers have highlighted lacunas on the shared and coordinated efforts in disaster risk reduction and management in Nepal that has been at higher risk of disaster incidents.
At a workshop held here on Tuesday, the participants said risk mitigation efforts would not yield concrete results unless coordination among all agencies was enhanced.
Noting that there has been dearth of coordination among the three tiers of the governments, they drew attention of the concerned agencies towards coordinated efforts to that end.
At the workshop jointly organized by National Disaster Management Society Nepal, DPNET Nepal, NGO Federation Nepal and Nepal Rural Society Welfare Association, the participants stressed the need for well-coordinated efforts.
On the occasion, DPNET Nepal Chairperson Surya Bahadur Thapa said it was difficult to place interventions in disaster risk reduction until and unless there was coordination among the three tiers of the governments and communities.
Spokesperson of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority Dr Dijan Bhattarai said there are still myriad of challenges though the Authority had started working for the last two years. “There needs management of human resources and amendment to law and regulation”, he said, adding that the institutional setup itself is weak.
While citing reference of the data of a decade, the monsoon-induced disasters have caused the highest amount of loss and the landslide and lightning have caused the loss of lives, he shared.
Also on the occasion, Under-Secretary at Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) Rishiram Acharya presented a working paper on the initiatives taken so far in the reduction and management of disaster risk.
Without its proper management, the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was not possible, he further said.
Nepal is placed in the 11th position in terms of the seismic risk and in 30th position in terms of flood and risk disaster. Likewise, Nepal is in the 30th position from climate change vulnerability and in 50th position in terms of road accidents.
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