Devastating Landslide in Koslanda,Sri Lanka
The above natural disaster which occurred on the 29th of October 2014 resulted in the loss of lives and serious damage to property.It was reported that at least 300 people including children have been buried alive and a further 150 have not been accounted for as yet.This was the worst natural disaster since the 2004 Tsunami that struck Sri Lanka killing over 38,000 people on the island's coastal belt.
Reports indicate that the Disaster Management Center(DMC) and the National Building Research Organisation(NBRO) had warned the citizens living in the Haldmudulla area to evacuate in 2012 and take remedial measures to stabilize the steep slopes to prevent such instability under the guidance and direction of the NBRO, which is charged with research on slope stability and other related subjects. The District Secretary of the area was also informed about this matter but no action had been taken by those responsible as reported in the media.
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The Strategic forum with civil society networks: Consultations on a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction
The Strategic forum with civil society networks: Consultations on a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction was held in Geneva Switzerland from 10th to 11th February. This conference aimed at informing the civil society of the consultative process and identifying opportunities for engagement in the preparation of the 3rd World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction and identifying civil society and community practitioner strengths and roles in the implementation of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
Duryou Nivaran was one of the input providers to the consultation programme. Following is an extract form Duyog Nivaran input paper themed “Women as a force in resilience building and gender equality in DRR”
It needs to be clearly noted that pursuing the 3 strategic goals suggested in the HFA2 elements2 are not ‘gender neutral’. 1) risk prevention and the pursuit of development pathways that minimise disaster risk generation; 2) risk reduction, i.e. actions to address existing accumulations of disaster risk; and 3) strengthened resilience, i.e. actions that enable nations and communities to absorb loss and damage, minimise impacts and bounce forward.
Strengthening Governance for Risk Reduction
Duryog Nivarans input to theStrategic forum with civil society networks: Consultations on a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
Risk Governance or Disaster Risk Governance refers to the way in which the authorities, public servants, media, private sector, and civil society coordinate in communities, and on regional and national levels in order to manage and reduce disaster and climate related risks. Disaster risk governance can include land-use planning and building code regulations; tools for assessing disaster risk; and helping government institutions to take on the responsibility of managing disaster risk and recovery by helping to mandate institutional responsibilities; as well as involving vulnerable populations in the planning and implementation of community based measures.
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