Venue: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Dates: 25–27 June 2011
Graced by: H.E. Mr. Nhim Vanda, First Vice President, National Committee on Disaster Management
In partnership with: National Committee on Disaster Management (NCDM)
Attendance: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Viet Nam
Objectives of RCC 9:
Learn and share experiences of linking the implementation of DRR and CCA at the local level community based on:
Scientific information and socioeconomic data required for reducing disaster and climate risk at local level
DRR institutional system at community level to advance climate risk management and CCA
Implementing community level DRR and CCA initiatives as part of local development interventions
Report the progress made of the RCC–MDRD ; findings of Independent Progress Report (IPR) of the RCC–MDRD and discussions on next steps of the program;
Consultation on follow up of 4th AMCDRR and preparation for the 5th AMCDRR;
Review the progress of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in Asia, and challenges and priorities for the coming years.
Countries such as Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Myanmar, shared their progress in implementing HFA. In terms of priority, Mongolia representative highlighted that community-based disaster reduction is a key priority in the country. Similarly, progress on the Myanmar Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction (MAPDRR) was shared in this session. In addition, Afghanistan highlighted lack of capacity and limited resources as the key challenges in implementing HFA Objectives in the country. The plenary discussion focused on the ability of MAPDRR to adopt to the rapidly changing DRR landscape, and areas of disaster assessment and how that is being considered by the countries.
Discussions around the main theme fell into three sections: scientific information and socio-economic data required for reducing disaster and climate risk at the local level; DRR institutional system at community level to advance climate risk management and CCA; implementing community level DRR and CCA initiatives as part of local development interventions.
With regards to the findings of the Independent Progress Report (IPR) of the RCC-MDRD, the program showed positive impacts on the RCC member countries. During the next step of the MDRD program, the discussion was made on expanding the RCC program into other important sectors, such as, agriculture and environment. To strengthen NDMOs, the participants suggested developing a National Level Disaster Management Fund.
Similarly, follow up consultations regarding the 4th AMCDRR and preparations for the 5th AMCDRR were accomplished in the 3rd session which shared the progress on the Inchon Road map, one of the outputs of 4th AMCDRR. The fourth objective to review the progress of the implementation of the HFA in Asia, and the challenges and priorities for the coming years, was attained in session 4 which showed progress in implementing HFA in RCC member countries, such as, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Myanmar. Lack of capacity and limited resources were identified as key challenges in making progress in implementing HFA in the RCC member countries.
Focus was given on ADPC’s Strategy 2020 which provided an overview of future work plan of ADPC. ADPC also reported the process of development of this strategy 2020 which first looked at the past achievements of ADPC and capacity of the organization through external consultant review. In addition, suggestions were made by the RCC member countries to ensure the strategy meets the needs of the country.
Key recommendations from RCC9
• Expand the RCC program into other sectors such as agriculture and environment
• Involve the media to ensure the public will understand the information
• Develop a National Level Disaster Management Fund