ToI: The workshop on ‘Implementation of Thimphu Statement on Climate Change: Integration of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction’ culminated on Saturday.
On the last day of the workshop, the delegates focused on capacity building initiatives, developing institutional capacities, developing personal expertise and legislative basis need to support an institutional structure for addressing the climate change and disaster requirements.
Ugyen Dorjee from Ministry of Affairs, Bhutan suggested some key recommendations for the combination of Disaster Impact Assessment and Environment Impact Assessment for the development projects.
He emphasised on the implementation of budget code for climate change in a scientific way and empowering local people in their own cultural context. Senior research officer from Ministry of Environment and Energy, Maldives, Aishath Huma recommended strengthening of communication system in island countries like Maldives.
Unique features of Pakistan regarding climate change adaptations with some valuable suggestions were given by a delegate from Pakistan, Shahid Rafiq.
He emphasised on the mobilisation of funds at local administrative level. Representing India, Dileep Kumar from Ranchi recommended construction of a techno-legal framework and inter-agency collaboration for such issues.
The workshop was organised jointly by United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction ( UNISRD) to discuss the document on Thimphu Statement on Climate Change. Dr RK Mall of Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development (IESD), Banaras Hindu University ( BHU) prepared and presented the document on the occasion.
Participants from across the South Asian countries were present on the occasion. Madhavi Ariyabandhu from United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISRD) briefly added new visions for 2014, 2015, 2016 regarding the sustainable development in South Asian countries, which are most vulnerable to climate changes.
Disaster management, climate change discussed
The country-wise presentation in the SAARC consultation workshop jointly organised by SAARC Disaster Management Centre (SDMC), New Delhi and United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), Geneva started at Cantonment area on Friday.
Chief programme officer, ministry of home and cultural affairs, Bhutan, Pelden Zengmo presented her views about different scenarios of Bhutan regarding disaster vulnerabilities. She further informed that Bhutan, being a least developed country, has recently switched to climate change adaptations and disaster management mechanism and Disaster Management Act has been enacted there in 2013.
Meanwhile, delegates from other South Asian countries also elaborated their country’s resources, policies, present situation to vulnerabilities and other highlights in disaster management and climate change adaptations. Project coordinator, Hisan Hussan from Maldives discussed different plans and policies adopted by the government of Maldives in recent years.
Jhanka Nath Dhakal, from ministry of general administration, Nepal briefed the endorsement of different climate change policies in Nepal in 2011. He also informed the participants about the introduction of green development and climate change budget code in his country.
Shahid Rafiq, assistant director, National Disaster Management Authority, Pakistan, environment management officer, Sri Lanka WPSD Pathirana, under secretary, disaster management division, India, Dilip Kumar, Dr RK Mall of Institute of Environment Sustainable Development (IESD), BHU, director, IESD, BHU, Dr AS Raghubanshi and several others were also present on the occasion.
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