The importance of managing disaster risks at various levels of governance (i.e. regional, national, state, local, community) cannot be overemphasised, as it has the propensity to largely minimize the impact of disasters. Building capacities for the implementation of programmes, strategies and plans in the form of disaster-resilient building codes and zoning, public education and training, developing and enforcing local land-use regulations, early warning systems, etc. at various levels becomes a key criterion for managing disaster risks.
It is, therefore, necessary to consider the application of holistic measures cutting across preparedness, mitigation, response, reconstruction, and recovery. Effective and efficient participation of relevant stakeholders is also necessary for fostering collaboration and partnerships across institutions. This will require the identification of key stakeholders/institutional actors and the assignment responsibilities ensuring that their contributions promote resilience.
In this course, participants will be able to understand and integrate theoretical and practical (from case study learnings) knowledge in solving complex problems relating to managing disaster risks.
The Sendai Framework priority 2 which emphasises on the need for ‘strengthening disaster risk governance for managing disaster risk’ will be deconstructed and simplified for ease of implementation at various levels.