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Press Release

April 24, 2016

A Japanese NGO starts a new disaster management project with JICA & DNCC

DHAKA, April 24, 2016 – "Capacity building of communities and individuals is crucial to encounter disasters", speakers in the workshop emphasized.

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and SEEDS Asia held their Kick-Off Workshop for Japanese Technical Cooperation Project under the JICA Partnership Program titled "Capacity Building for Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Urban Areas of Bangladesh" on April 24, 2016 at Nascent Gardenia in Baridhara, Dhaka.

PhotoA photo of the Kick-off Workshop held on April 24, 2016

The workshop opened with welcome remarks by Dr. Tariq Bin Yousuf, Superintending Engineer, DNCC which was followed by a speech from Mr. Hitochi Ara, Senior Representative at JICA Bangladesh, Dr. Rajib Shaw, Board Chairman, SEEDS Asia, and Dr. Humayun Kabir, BRAC/Dhaka University, and closing remarks by Zia Uddin Ahmed, Zonal Executive Officer.

Dhaka is prone to natural disasters, both meteorological (such as cyclones and flood) and geological (such as earthquakes).Disaster management has been one of the most important development areas in the capital that multiple stakeholders such as the city, international organizations, universities, and NGOs are focusing on. However, as per an earlier disaster risk investigation conducted by Kyoto University, Japan and BRAC University in 2009, community-based Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) activities was not sufficiently implemented in most of zones of Dhaka city and also the local government capacity needsto be increased to support such community activities in DRR.

The City Corporation Disaster Management Committee has proposed to develop ward level disaster management plan to cope with disasters. This project by DNCC and SEEDS Asia connects and enhances those various efforts to make the community resilient to disasters. The project launched in April 2016 that will take place till October 2018.

SEEDS Asia is a non-profit organization based in Kobe, Japan. It works to enhance safety and sustainability of people and communities in the Asia Pacific region to cope with natural disasters and environmental problems.

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