South – South Exchange Visit to Bangladesh
Nepal is exposed to multiple hazards is among most vulnerable countries in the world. The country is ranked 4th, 11th and 30th in term of climate change, earthquake and flood risk respectively (UNDP/BCPR, 2004). Impacts of climate change combined with socio-economic factors of vulnerability and non-climatic disastrous events such as 2015 earthquake and 2017 flood have further exacerbated the situation in the past years. Fragile geology and steep topography, diverse climate and many micro-climatic areas ranging from sub-tropical to alpine built on altitude variation within a geographic span of about 200 kilo meters has made country one of the most vulnerable countries to different disasters including the adverse impacts of climate change and extreme events. Nepal frequently faces disaster events from a multitude of natural hazards; many of them are unprecedented such as the whirl pooling windstorm in south-eastern Terai villages in the evening of 31 March, 2019 that killed 28 people and damaged huge amount of properties yet to assess in detail.
• To interact with government officials (MoDMR, DDM, Fire Service & Civil Defense, Cyclone Preparedness Program), I/NGOs working on DRM/R, local volunteers and community members on following issues:
o Need of such volunteers for DRM/R activities,
o Creation (Who, why, for what, etc.) and its institutionalization,
o Sustainability of such volunteers including capacity building activities, refresher activities, institution, management, incentive, record/ information of volunteers
o Deployment: who is responsible, command/ control, etc.
• Collect policy documents on volunteers (selection, sustainability of volunteers, trainings and follow-up trainings, incentive, simulation/ drills, identification, report line, etc.)
• Observe at least one simulation exercise of Cyclone Preparedness Programme volunteers
Program Manager, Nepal