Disaster risk reduction

Following cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, UNEP developed a capacity building programme on Environment and Disaster risk reduction and a training workshop on the use of GIS for disaster management.

In 2009, UNEP completed a programme on “Capacity building to integrate disaster risk reduction into coastal zone management” with the aim of building disaster risk reduction capacities of coastal zone managers to design and implement projects to enhance the protection of lives and livelihoods while improving environmental quality and protecting ecosystem services. The project was implemented in collaboration with the Asia Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), national environmental technical institutions and national disaster management organizations in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Representatives from Malaysia, Maldives, Seychelles, Pakistan, Thailand, Viet Nam also benefited through the collaboration of the project with the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2008 and/or with the Mangroves for the Future initiative and its “Applying project cycle tools to support integrated coastal management”.

In 2010, UNEP is supporting the government of Sri Lanka and the UN country team in organizing an integrated Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) for the Northern Province of the country, which, among other things, will mainstream disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in development plans of the area.

UNEP support in the region depends on country needs. The UNEP Disaster and conflict programme team and the regional office communicate with countries and partners and remain ready for entry on operations.