June 30, 2011
A house destroyed by floods of 2010 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. There were many such houses leveled to the ground in the historic floods.
Islamabad, June 30: A one day consultative workshop on National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) concludes here in Islamabad.
The workshop was organized by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for the stakeholders across Pakistan.
In his keynote speech, Mr. Takatoshi Nishikata, Chief Representative of JICA said "Japan, as a disaster-prone country has been sharing our knowledge and experiences for natural disaster risk management and mitigation with the Government of Pakistan, especially since the devastating earthquake in 2005".
"NDMP describes comprehensive disaster management strategy in Pakistan and determines the roles and responsibilities in relevant ministries and authorities to disaster management and mitigation" he added.
Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir, Chairman, NDMA said "the Plan shall serve as a ten year framework document for development of a robust disaster management system in the country". He further informed the attendance that "the Plan seeks to ensure strengthening of the whole system of disaster management and capacity building to cope with future impending disaster that have now become quite rampant all across the globe"
The Guest of Honour, H.E Rauf Engin Soysal, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General to Pakistan appreciated the efforts of donor community for their response to floods of 2010 in Pakistan. He said "I salute today the Government of Japan in providing support to the Government of Pakistan in this consultative workshop for national disaster management plan".
Representatives from Federal, Provincial, District and non-profit organizations attended the workshop.
Formulation of NDMP is a two year project undertaken by JICA in collaboration with NDMA. Under the project, the Japanese consultants are working with the Pakistani counterparts to devise a strategy that provides maximum protection against all forms of disasters occurring in the length and breadth of Pakistan.