April 25, 2016
To illustrate the overview of activities for reconstruction and rehabilitation after Nepal Earthquake by Government of Nepal with support from Japan and discuss on expediting the reconstruction, National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) organized " Build Back Better and Resilience Workshop on 1 Year Memorial of Nepal Earthquake" in Kathmandu on 25th April 2016.
In the workshop JICA presented its activities and future prospects of its assistance. At the programme, Chief Executive Office of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyewali expressed his high commendation for the support provided by Japan in the post-earthquake reconstruction and added the comprehensive survey for reconstruction in affected districts. He added that, NRA is working together with the development partners to develop a long-term framework and will come up with five year strategic planning for completion of reconstruction work.
H.E. Masashi Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal ensures Japan's continuous assistance in various sectors like education and others needed. JICA Vice President Hiroshi Kato emphasized to build resilient society on build back better concept to minimize the hazards in the future. In the programme, Mr. Kato handed over hazard maps of Sindhupalchowk and Gorkha districts to Mr. Gyewali as an output of JICA's efforts to minimize hazards in those districts.
On the workshop panel discussion was organized which was focused on expediting recovery and reconstruction activities. Mr. Ram Prasad Thapaliya, Joint Secretary of NRA presented reconstruction policy and accomplishment of NRA. Similarly, Dr. Satoru Nishikawa, Executive Director of Research, Japan Center for Area Development Research shared recovery and reconstruction experiences for build back better and Prof. Masahiko Murata, Kansai University of International Studies presented on Disaster Risk Reduction and Build back better recovery lessons from Kobe, Hyogo.
With the completion of 1 year of Nepal earthquake, JICA has completed several recovery activities in earthquake affected area. In education sector, JICA rehabilitated 60 classroom blocks till the date and other 90 schools in Dhading, Gorkha and Nuwakot district has been targeted to rehabilitate. Additionally, 80 schools will be reconstructed in Gorkha, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Makwanpur district from the end of April 2016. In the housing sector, JICA is assisting in rebuilding houses in compliance to earthquake resistant standards in Sindhupalchowk and Gorkha. Along with Nepal Government, JICA has produced guidebook for reconstruction of earthquake resistant houses and till the date, 403 masons and 1012 house owners have been trained for safer housing. Similarly, JICA completed emergency recovery of partially damaged section of Sindhuli and Kathmandu Bhaktapur Road. JICA already implemented couple of quick impact projects for livelihood support in Sindhupalchowk and Gorkha that includes the construction of women training center in Chautara and VDC office of Thokarpa.
Furthermore, reconstruction of Bir Hospital and Paropakar Maternity and Women's Hospital, replacement of water transmission pipeline in Sindhupalchowk and bridge construction in Gorkha are some pipeline projects in infrastructure sector.
In total JICA assisted 32 billion Japanese Yen for reconstruction and rehabilitation work.
Mr. Hiroshi KATO, Vice President of JICA (right) handed over hazard maps of Sindhupalchowk and Gorkha districts to Mr. Sushil GYEWALI, CEO of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA). The hazard maps are part of many outcomes by "the Project for Rehabilitation & Recovery from Nepal Earthquake (RRNE)".
H.E. Masashi Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, addressed Japan's continual support to NRA and the recovery of affected area. He also showed his appreciation to the Nepali people's cordial support to the victims of recent Kumamoto Earthquake in Kyushu, Japan.
Progresses and challenges for build back better and resilience in the affected area were articulated through panel discussion by the government leaders of Nepal and experts from Japan.