Disaster Resilient Communities in Nepal by 2050

Multi Stakeholder Workshop organized under VFL-2019 in Lalitpur

A Multi Stakeholder Workshop has been organized in Lalitpur as part of Views from the Frontline 2019 program on August 5, 2022. The main objectives of the workshop were to share, receive feedback on the National Advocacy Plan and validate.

During the program, professionals from the government and non-government organizations, academia, CBRM practitioners provided their inputs to the proposed plan. The workshop also validated the National Action Plan after incorporating the suggestions and feedbacks. 

The workshop began with a brief opening session where Executive Director of NSET, Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha welcomed the participants and provided brief introduction about GNDR and VFL-2019. Highlighting the major VFL 2019 activities in Nepal starting from formation of National Advisory Committee, Selection of Risk Areas and Partner Organizations, VFL Survey and the implementation of Local Action Plans, Mr. Shrestha requested professionals for their active participation and to have a critical review on the National Advocacy plan and provide feedbacks to make it more realistic and effective advocacy tool.

Ms. Anita Niraula, Joint secretary of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRMA) expressed her satisfaction to the proceedings and outcome of VFL-2019.  She further expressed her belief that the workshop would come out with the effective and realistic advocacy recommendations that would lead towards disaster resilience of the community.

Mr. Rishi Acharya, Under Secretary at Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MOFAGA) appreciated NSET for voicing local level problems on global platform like GNDR. Stating that VFL was able to identify gaps in disaster preparedness and lack of early warning system adding new dimensions to our plans and policies for disaster, Mr. Acharya stressed on importance of integrated support of local level government in solving problems. 

Following the opening session, Ms. Omkala Khanal from NSET presented the VFL survey findings. After this, a brief presentation from the four Partner Organizations (POs) presented their findings too. 

As important part of the workshop, Director of Strategic Planning and Cross Cutting division of NSET, Ms. Nisha Shrestha presented the outcome of policy analysis to find out the gaps in the existing system. Following the presentation, the four recommendations planned to achieve the short-term milestone was discussed in detail in the plenary session.

About 30 professionals participated the program. They were from various institutions being involved in the field of DRR sector in Nepal, namely, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA), Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration MOFAGA) and Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC), Disaster Preparedness Network (DPNET), Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), Kadambari Memorial Collage, Atulya Foundation among others. The executives from the four VFL-2019 Partner organizations and community members from Kathmandu Valley were also present in the workshop. 

Views from the frontline (VFL) 2019 is the largest independent global review of Disaster Risk reduction at the local level. It aims to strengthen the inclusion and collaboration between at risk people, civil society and government in the design and implementation of policies and practices to reduce risks and strengthen resilience. 


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