National Training for Journalists on Reporting on Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness (RedMap)
The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act (2017) and National Strategic Action Plan on Disaster Risk Reduction (NSAPDRR) (2018-2030) recognizes the need for institutions in Nepal to enhance knowledge and awareness as well as commitment and information-sharing on disaster risk management. The HFA national report (2005 – 2015) notes that there is lack of institutional capacity and participation from stakeholders in communicating the concepts of disaster risk management. In response to these gaps and issues, a number of priority areas and strategic interventions were proposed. It did not only involve government agencies, civil society and the private sector, but also engaged the main arm responsible for communicating disaster risk management: the media.
Media is indeed an important component of disaster risk management. It is not simply a communication channel, it can bring about a behavioral change in the field of disaster risk management, media constituents are also stakeholders. They can greatly influence the decisions of policymakers, legislators, communities, and other sectors in terms of reducing and responding to an emergency and disasters. Media is an institution where capacities of its constituents must be strengthened continuously to respond to the communication and information needs of different institutions as well as address relevant development problems.
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) has been supporting countries in developing and strengthening the technical capacities of journalists working for the print and electronic media. In the recent past, ADPC has designed and conducted media training for journalists on reporting disaster mitigation and preparedness in Myanmar, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Malaysia and Mongolia.
In a bid to expand the institutional and individual knowledge-base on disaster risk management in Nepal, ADPC with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), will be organizing a workshop for local journalists under the Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP). The overarching objective of the workshop is to enhancing the understanding of journalists on disaster risk management and to building their capacities for playing a more effective role in building national resilience through disaster risk communication.
The workshop will serve as a platform for national media persons to share their experiences with each other and learn from journalists and disaster risk management experts from other countries. The workshop is intended to be the starting point for future training activities at the sub-national/local levels.
Specific objectives of the proposed workshop are:
1. Explain the basic concepts of disaster risk management in general and preparedness for emergency response in particular;
2. Identify challenges and opportunities for journalists working in the field of disaster risk management;
3. Reflect on the best practices as well as means to improving media reporting of preparedness, response and risk reduction from regional and national scenarios;
4. Lay down priority areas and strategic directions for media in disaster risk management and preparedness for emergency response; and
5. Prepare trained Nepalese journalists to spread the knowledge at province and local levels.
Mr. Man Thapa
ADPC, Nepal Country Office