Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Workshop on climate change, disaster risk underway in Kma

The inaugural programme of the two-day workshop on “Strengthening Community Resilience to Climate Change & Disaster Risk” was held in Kohima on Wednesday.
According to a DIPR report, the workshop is organised by the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), Home department, in collaboration with InsuResilience Solutions (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management), Swiss Re and Tata AIG.
State to mainstream DRR, climate adaptation into policymaking
Addressing the workshop, advisor for NSDMA, Kazheto Kinimi said the state government through its various policies and efforts have been working towards mainstreaming the concepts of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation into policy making, planning and implementation.
He said that the process of measuring risk and resilience was a complex task as it requires detailed scientific analysis of risk and vulnerability of different areas.
The advisor, however said such studies would only help in developing realistic strategies for disaster prevention and mitigation in the state.
He expressed hope that the workshop would help in understanding the issues better, help coordination between various departments and strengthen community resilience to climate and disaster risks.
‘Make frank assessment on disaster management plans’
NSDMA joint chief executive officer, Home department, Johnny Ruangmei while speaking at the workshop called on all the government departments to make frank assessment on their disaster management plan.
He said disaster was “no longer a matter of if but a matter of when.” All the line departments need to come together and think about what are the risks that they can reduce, he stated.
He said the objective of the workshop was to bring out a plan which the administrative heads, chief secretary and the state government would approve which would then be sent as a policy document.
It will also bring out a DRR in ecotourism which aims to be the first state in India to have a disaster policy on ecotourism, he informed.
It may be mentioned that the workshop also aims to help understand the prime minister’s ten-point agenda for DRR, develop understanding on Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 and work towards achieving SDG for DRR, mainstream DRR component into a development programme of each line departments, NGOs in responding to DRR.
He stressed on each department to allocate a budget for disaster risk reduction for itself, which he said was provided under 14th finance commission provision.
Delivering the keynote address, Eugen Doce from InsuResilience Solutions said that in the IPCC report presented recently, the report has come so close to the common people so that they see and feel the reality.
He said it should also be included in textbooks in elementary schools, and that it would help stakeholders address the issues of climate change.
Eugen shared that among the first presentations/submissions the ISF received was from Nagaland for funding, and in 2019 after meeting with Johnny Ruangmei in Dhaka, the ISF decided to fund the project which was submitted.
It may be mentioned here that ISF’s mission is to support innovative solutions to mitigate negative impacts of climate change. It fosters development of needs-based and financially sustainable climate risk insurance products, increasing resilience of poor and vulnerable households against extreme weather events.
Earlier, welcome address was delivered by home commissioner, Nagaland, Abhijit Sinha while the technical session on the first day of workshop included topics such as —insurance mechanism against extreme weather events, challenges in the context of climate change and DRR in Nagaland and policy praxis of disaster management.