Disaster Risk Management
Disaster Risk Management is an area
of increasing interest to IORA Member States, which seek to address
the threats posed by natural disasters (such as tsunamis) and
manmade disasters (such as oil spills and marine pollution). Across
the world, more than 200 million people are affected every year by
droughts, floods, cyclones, earthquakes, fires and other hazards.
Governments around the world have committed to take action to
reduce disaster risks, and have adopted the Hyogo Framework for
Action, a guideline to reduce vulnerabilities to natural
The countries of the Indian Ocean
region have expertise and experience in disaster risk management.
IORA is considering strengthening disaster management capabilities
through collective disaster risk management and enhanced regional
mechanisms. Member States are considering what can be done jointly
in the areas of early warning, disaster risk reduction and the
establishment of regional response capabilities. In this process is
considering the establishment of a mechanism for humanitarian
assistance and disaster management, such as creating a regional
early warning system for natural calamities.
Disaster risk management is
multidisciplinary, and involves the participation of a multitude of
partners and stakeholders, including national governments,
non-governmental organisations, regional and international
cooperating partners, donors, civil society and the private sector.
IORA is therefore in the process to encourage partnerships between
institutions to strengthen the management of disasters and for the
development of joint training programmes and regional insurance
schemes. Research institutions are encouraged to develop mutually
beneficial collaborative projects, to share their experiences and
best practices and for enhancing the technical capacities within
IORA places emphasis on knowledge
sharing and capacity building for the creation of a culture of
safety and resilience within the Indian Ocean region. Disasters can
be substantially reduced if people are well informed of measures
related to disaster prevention and resilience. This requires the
collection, compilation and dissemination of relevant knowledge and
information on hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities.
|International Training on Disaster Risk Management
IORA Member Countries, South American & Caribbean
|25 May - 3 June 2015
|Workshop on "Exploring Preemtive Disaster Risk Management
Measures to Ensuring Human Security"
|20-21 April 2015
||Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
|Meeting of Ocean Forecasting Officials to build capacity
progress, validate & apply Indian Ocean Forecasting
|27-31 May 2013