DEVEL­OP­MENT Pro­gram for nat­u­ral dis­as­ters

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

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]

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