Representatives of government institutions and other stakeholders whose line of responsibilities border on disaster management at the policy, planning and implementation levels are attending a course here.
The Disaster Risk Management Training Course was developed through collaboration between the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (DRIC) of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), NADMO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
It is being attended by 20 participants from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Police Service and Ghana Health Service
With contribution of materials from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the five-day course is being funded from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery through the World Bank.
Participants would be taken through many modules, including Disaster Risk Management, Hazard Mapping, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Preparedness, Disaster Response and Relief, Disaster Communication and Crisis Counseling.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the UNDP Country Director in charge of Operations, Mr. Mulugeta Abebe, underscored the importance of disaster management capacity in sustainable development, saying one disaster could erode a decade’s development effort in a single day.
He said disasters were becoming more frequent and more devastating and it was against this backdrop that they had teamed up with other stakeholders to help manage the increasing impact of disasters on the planet.
He said the sustainable development goals could not be achieved without peace and security, and therefore stressed the need for inter-institutional collaboration in implementation of the course to ensure its success.
With barely two months to Ghana’s elections, the UNDP country director urged Ghanaians to uphold their rights and responsibilities in ensuring that the elections were peaceful, fair and transparent.
The Central Regional Co-ordinator of NADMO, Mr. Sandy Emmanuel Amartey Jnr. lauded UNPD and UCC for championing disaster management and called for more stronger collaboration to help achieve disaster management goals of reducing disasters and thier impact when they occur.
From Jonathan Donkor, Cape Coast