- Homestay host families in Kaulepani Village of Lamjung district oriented on Earthquake Safety and Disaster Preparedness
- PEER Nepal Progress Review Meeting held
- PEER Swift Water Rescue Course for South Asia taking shape
- NSET-PEER reaches out to Bhutan
- Group of trainees from The Chinese University of Hong Kong visit NSET and learn about its works
- Frontline Review Workshop held, more skills and equipment required at community level
- Understanding the Risk Perception of People: A Step towards Effective Building Code Compliance
- ADRRN Innovation Workshop held at NSET
- Professionals and Researchers from UK and Nepal observe physical and social impacts of the Gorkha Earthquake 2015 and subsequent landslides
- Community Volunteers from Lalitpur trained on Search and Rescue Operation
NSET-PEER reaches out to Bhutan
NSET has conducted an exploratory visit to Bhutan during March 28-31, 2017 for potential extension of the "Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER)" Stage 4 (2014-2019). PEER Stage 4 is presently being implemented in four South Asian countries, namely, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan with the core funding from the United States Agency for International Development/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA).
In order to gain a wider understanding of Bhutan’s present capacities and needs in emergency response, senior representatives from NSET (PEER implementing organization) and USAID/OFDA (funding organization for PEER), met with focal points from the Department of Disaster Management (DDM)-Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs (MoHCA), Ministry of Health (MoH) and Bhutan Red Cross Society (BReCS) in the capital Thimphu. NSET-PEER and USAID/OFDA team also visited a government field monitoring station for floods and other hydro-meteorological related phenomena, in Wangdue Phodrang District.
The 5-day Bhutan visit centered on the following primary objectives: (a) introduction of PEER to DDM leadership and professionals, including regional participation in PEER from Governments of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal, and its possible extension to other countries of SAARC; (b) obtain policy clearance/approval from the Government of Bhutan; (c) identify nodal agency, partner organizations, training institutes; explain roles of program partners; (d) assess and learn about the capacities of key organizations in emergency preparedness and response; and (d) to receive any further guidance from DDM-MoHCA.
In the meantime, NSET-PEER encourages Bhutan’s participation in regional program events, such as during the PEER Regional Strategic Planning Workshop in July 2015 and recently during the PEER Swift Water Rescue Regional Course Development Workshop in April 2017. These events help in the sensitization for Bhutan to gain a better perception of the PEER process.