DEVELOPMENT Program for natural disasters
A new alliance is spearheading a £5 million (about K7.6 billion) program to help 350,000 vulnerable people in Myanmar become more resilient to disasters caused by climate extremes.
The ‘Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters’, (BRACED) alliance was launched in Yangon on March 11 after being awarded the three-year program grant by Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID).
The alliance is led by Plan Myanmar and includes Action Aid, World Vision, BBC Media Action, Myanmar Environment Institute and UN Habitat.
The alliance aims to improve the capacity of more than 2,000 government officials to implement comprehensive disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation plans in eight of Myanmar’s most vulnerable townships.
BRACED alliance coordinator Jeremy Stone said158 villages in the townships in Rakhine, Kayin, Mon and Shan states and Mandalay, Yangon and Ayeryawaddy regions will benefit from the program.
Mr Stone said the alliance would focus on strengthening the preparedness, response and ability of communities to adapt to climate disasters.
The program will prioritise women and children, Mr Stone said.
The alliance will also work with other sectors, including the government Disaster Risk Reduction working group, to influence regulations and policy, he added.
Plan International, Action Aid and World Vision will carry out the program’s community support component. UN Habitat will strengthen access to and management of climate information and its integration into policy. BBC Media Action will be responsible for the awareness campaigns and the Myanmar Environment Institute will conduct environmental assessments and support capacity development of government counterparts.
Myanmar is one of the most vulnerable Southeast Asian countries to disasters and climate extremes, said a statement announcing the launch of the alliance.
It said DFID has launched BRACED programs in 13 countries in Asia and Africa.
The programs allow countries to test different models and approaches to building community and national resilience while contributing to global learning and knowledge development, it said. [Mizzima]