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‘Spending on disaster risk reduction an investment’

Post  Sirop14 on Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:45 pm

‘Spending on disaster risk reduction an investment’

03-February-2015


“Disaster risk reduction is a no regret investment,” the principal secretary for Finance and Trade, Patrick Payet, told delegates at a national workshop on ‘Investing in disaster risk reduction’.

Organized by the Division of Risk and Disaster Management (DRDM), the aim of the workshop was to highlight the importance of investing in disaster risk reduction.

Other DRDM partners involved in the organisation of the workshop are the Ministry of Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Land Use and Habitat, Seychelles Land Tansport Agency; the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Ceps (formerly Lungos), the planning authority; insurance companies; and the environment department.

The workshop also saw the involvement of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) which provided expertise and was represented by its head of programme Julio Serje.


Other foreign officials present were Christophe Legrand, team leader for Indian Ocean Commission islands and Philippe Boulle of the Indian Ocean Commission island projects, technical advisor on the islands project of Mauritius.

In his speech to officially launch the workshop yesterday at the STC conference hall, Mr Payet expressed the wish that the workshop was not only a national aspiration but also an international standard and recommendation.

Quoting from the declaration of 2011 he said: “There’s no such thing as natural disasters. Natural hazards, floods, earthquakes, landslides and storms become disasters as a result of human and societal vulnerability and exposure which can be addressed by decisive policies, action and active participation of local stakeholders.”

“Disaster risk reduction is everyone’s responsibility. It is a team effort. Today is an opportunity for everyone to rethink our organisation’s role in strengthening Seychelles’ resilience to disasters and how each of us is participating fully,” he said.

He referred to three components that have been worked before the realisation of this international workshop. He said when the process started back in 2013 they started with regional meetings deciding on key players, their roles and responsibilities. A defined road map for Component 1 from all agencies came together where information was collected from which has resulted in a database which is now online.

The process continued with Component 2, where local experts from IOC member states were trained in software and on how to calculate probability of risks.
Seychelles took the initiative and brought in international assistance like from the SADC so that other local expertise from different organisations can also benefit from that training.

Component 3 is the final component where data from the two previous ones have been collected and processed to produce a final detailed project that has been summarised and which was being presented yesterday.

Thanking all present for their involvement, Mr Payet said their input and presence indicates Seychelles is committed to setting up international standards for disaster risk reduction for national investment.

Mr Legrand said that the cyclonic year of 2014 shows that natural disasters are here to stay, and can even intensify. He urged all that they cannot work only in defence strategies but invest in the prevention and reduction of disaster risk.

As for Mr Serje he said the workshop is of extreme benefit to the country as it is now better understood how to invest, how to prioritise and how to understand that when you do risk reduction it is not a cost but an investment.

He said investment in risk reduction is with benefits that can be measured for generations to come.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=244395

Comment - we have addressed a private letter to Mrs Jemaima Goldsmith/Khan strangely enough 2/2/2015 and their local priest. Explaining that we got that property in London Islington we call our flat and use as official address for that SIROP program, FECAS- ECSVS, and IOIMF beside our Heraldry/Heraldic issues and others. We got that place with the involvement of Jewish Care - just as Seychelles government got their Embassy buildings through important Jewish connections in London.

We have explained the significant importance of that place and the fact we will need to relocate and this process need to be managed properly if not there will be very many strange and wired side impacts and abnormalities developing - nobody wants to listen and then we get these individuals using massive resources what they talk about and what they write after wards.

They forget just as they are involved and work in the process of managing environmental impacts in Seychelles we have been very aware and also work on those issues in Europe and the world regarding climate changes, etc., the workings of SIROP program, FECAS- ECSVS, IOIMF and that Heraldry project.

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DRDM and partners update data platform

Post  Sirop14 on Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:03 pm

DRDM and partners update data platform

06-February-2015

The Division of Risk and Disaster Management (DRDM) and its partners attended a one-day refresher workshop this week to update the Desinventar, which is an online data platform accessible to all and allows everybody to record emergencies.

The partners involved were CAMS, National Meteorolgical Services, Seychelles Police, Seychelles People’s Defence Forces and the Seychelles Coast Guard, Ministry of Land Use and Habitat-GIS, ED-GIS, Seychelles Land Transport, Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency, the Seychelles Planning Authority, EIA, Ministry of Health, National Bureau of Statistics, Public Utilities Corporation, Red Cross Society of Seychelles, Environment Impact Assessment, Climate Adaptation Management, Environment Department for geological surveys.

Under the CAT-DDO (Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option) policy loan, the division and its partners are obliged to update the Desinventar at least once a year but ideally updates it as much and as often as possible. This is aimed at improving the overall reporting of emergencies. The Development Policy Loan with a CAT DDO is a contingent credit line that provides immediate liquidity to member countries in the aftermath of a natural disaster. It is part of a broad spectrum of risk financing instruments available from the World Bank Group to help borrowers plan efficient responses to natural disasters.

The workshop was conducted by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) represented by its head of programme Julio Serje with technical assistance from Philippe Boulle, technical advisor to the Indian Ocean Commission ISLANDS financial protection programme and Leslie de la Morinière, also from UNISDR.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=244426

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