Islamabad: Since massive floods 2010, Pakistan government has been emphasizing to strengthen the irrigation infrastructure such as dams, canals and barrages that forms the basis of flood-protection mechanism.
It is important to strengthen its overall architecture by embedding DRR aspects throughout the project management cycle.
In this backdrop, NDMA seeks to contribute towards strengthening DRR capacities of irrigation for related development sector promoting risk-sensitive planning and implementation of initiatives.
A 5-day national training course has been organized on Mainstreaming DRR into Planning and Implementation processes of Irrigation Sector jointly by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Bangkok.
The basic objective of this training course is to impart technical skills to federal and provincial level government officials to strengthen the overall irrigation infrastructure/architecture flood-resistant by integrating DRR considerations in future programs and projects throughout Pakistan.
One of the key outputs of this training course will be an Action Plan that will be implemented in 2014 onwards, in collaboration with NDMA to ensure the practical integration of DRR consideration in the overall planning process of Irrigation Sector in Pakistan.
The training course included participants from Planning Commission, NDMA, PDMAs, SDMAs, Ministry of Water & Power, Federal Flood Commission, Irrigation Departments, Provincial P & D Departments and WAPDA , while Chairman Federal Flood Commission, Mr. Asjad Imtiaz Ali also attended the session as a chief guest.
The key modules during 5 day training course include: Introduction to Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Development Planning and Implementation Processes, DRR Mainstreaming Efforts in Pakistan, Planning and Implementation Processes of Irrigation-sector Programs and Projects in Pakistan, Tools and Techniques for Mainstreaming DRR into Development Planning and Implementation of Irrigation-sector Programs and Projects, Action Plan for Practical Integration of DRR Considerations into Planning and Implementation Process of Irrigation Sector in Pakistan
Addressing the inaugural session Chairman NDMA, Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem welcomed the participants and lauded ADPC for collaboration to organize training course that would help participants to understand importance of mainstreaming DRR into development particularly in irrigation sector to chalk out action plans to enhance resilience.
He also shared progress and institutional steps undertaken by NDMA including institutional capacity building, National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy that also includes irrigation and agriculture related critical infrastructure, 10 year National Disaster Management Plan and specially formation of National Working Group on DRR mainstreaming and risk assessment.
He impressed upon all stakeholders to join hands with NDMA to achieve national objective of sustainable development through effective prevention, mitigation and preparedness interventions.
Speaking on the occasion the chief guest, Chairman FFC, Mr Asjad Imtiaz Ali stressed the need to strengthen architecture of irrigation sector by inserting disaster risk reduction aspects throughout the project management cycle.
He appreciated NDMA for contribution towards strengthening DRR capacities of irrigation sector officials by organizing training course for promotion of risk sensitive planning that would help to ensure resilience of critical infrastructure relating to irrigation.