The workshop promotes knowledge sharing on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction

A two-day workshop of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRMRP), titled “Sharing Knowledge on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction”, kicked off today in a hybrid at the Le Labourdonnais hotel in Port-Louis. The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Local Government and Disaster Risk Management and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The workshop physically hosts several representatives of Mauritian organizations concerned with disaster risk reduction and management as well as representatives of JICA. Representatives from Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Madagascar and Seychelles are participating online.

The objective is to share knowledge and experience in disaster risk reduction and management between the participating countries so that each country can strengthen its capacity to deal with typical disasters in the region, and to strengthen relations among participating countries in the field of disaster risk reduction and management. JICA will also share lessons learned from the JICA Research Project for Disaster Reduction in Southern Africa, which started in January 2021 and will end in February 2022.

In his opening remarks, the representative of the National Center for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Superintendent of Police (SP) Mr A. Sookhareea, pointed out that Mauritius is highly vulnerable to severe weather events and natural disasters including the intensity and frequency are exacerbated by the climate. cash. He observed that the oil spill resulting from the sinking of the bulk carrier MV Wakashio demonstrated that the country must be prepared to deal with various risks that are of global concern and challenges that may arise locally.

He further pointed out that no less than 41 hazards have been identified for the Republic of Mauritius, which is classified as a high risk country by the World Risk Report 2021. As such, he added, this workshop provides an platform to learn from the previous experiences of other countries in order to deal with any type of hazard that poses a risk to the island. He also called on JICA, through this workshop, to focus on the thematic areas of disaster risk reduction and management.

Before concluding, SP Sookhareea commended the Government of Japan for its unwavering support, through JICA, in the area of ​​disaster risk reduction and management.

It is recalled that in July 2019, the Government of Mauritius, in collaboration with JICA, organized a “Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Capacity Building Workshop”, inviting three Indian Ocean countries (Comoros, Madagascar and Seychelles) and three Southern African countries (Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe). During this workshop, it was decided to create a “Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Platform” to share information and exchange experiences on disaster risk reduction management.

Since then, the activities of the DRRMRP have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, activities have recently resumed and thus enabled the organization of this two-day workshop.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Republic of Mauritius.

© Press release 2021