Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Had morning tea with Hon. Mahinada Amaraweera, Minister of Disaster Management, Ms. S.M. Mohamed, Secretary of Disaster Management and Subinay Nandy, UN Resident Coordinator (right) after the opening of the 3rd national symposium on Disaster Risk Reductiuon and Climate Change Adaptation this morning. A wonderful opportunity to discuss further Red Cross/UN risk reduction support for Sri Lanka and discuss some of the good risk reduction models developed over the past few years. Photo: Bob McKerrow

With climate change increasing the frequency of flood and landslides, stronger risk reduction measures urgently need to be developed country-wide. This symposium should be a good platform for sharing ideas, better models and techniques and improving preparedness at community level. It should also bring the corporate sector deeper into the RR fold. Photo: SLRCS.

Disaster Management is a cross cutting discipline that involves a large number of agencies It is not possible for one organization to develop and promote best practices and technologies for all aspects of disaster management. “The Third National Symposium on Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change adaptation 2011” that was opened this morning provides a platform to harness the intellectual capital of scientists, economists, administrators, philosophers, politicians and civil society activists towards making the vision for a Safer Sri Lanka a reality. I congratulate the Government and UN for taking this innovative initiative.

Here is more information about the symposium: Organizer: :Disaster Management Centre (DMC); Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights (DMHR)

Other organizer: United Nations Development Programme - Sri Lanka (UNDP Sri Lanka)
Date:24-25 Nov 2011    Location:Sri Lanka (Colombo)  Venue:Galle Face Hotel

The Third National Symposium on ‘Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation’, will take place in form of discussion forums, in which participants will be able to actively participate in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation related topics of national importance.

• Panel discussions held on the first day will focus on entry points of Disaster Risk Reduction in development efforts, private sector involvement in Disaster Risk Reduction.

• On the second day, participants will have the opportunity to deliberate on the use of Disaster Risk Reduction tools to minimize the impact of disasters. The day will also feature a media consultative session on Climate Change Adaptation and the launching of the CCA web portal.

Additional information
more information from here:
Although it has started, it still may be possible to register late.
Participation is limited. If interested, kindly send a brief description of your area of work along with your contact details to or by calling 0777809697