Disaster Risk Reduction Programme
The Ecology and Earth Sciences (EES) Sector within the UNESCO Cairo Office (UCO) is responsible for the Disaster Risk Reduction Programme.
Strategy and Modalities
Support to research and studies on raising the awareness for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Arab Region
Both adaptation and risk reduction strategies must focus on raising the adaptive capacity of the most vulnerable groups. During the Current biennium the DRR programme at UCO has initiated an activity which enhances raising the awareness of the people in the region. This is done through the development of Educational Kits on Disaster Risk Reduction. The strategy involves the development of educational materials (In Arabic), training manuals on natural disaster preparedness, and mitigation.
The activity will be implemented jointly and mainly with the regional office for International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (ISDR) and other regional organization. These activities will lead to dissemination of the technical knowledge in Natural Disaster Risk Reduction. Therefore, build the capacities of:
- The National Policy Maker
- Educational Institutes
- Scientists working in Natural Disaster
- Research Centre
- Trainers of Trainer
- Academicians, Students, and Teachers
- NGO's working in the field
This will also help with the coping capabilities of disaster inflicted communities in the region.
Capacity building of personnel working in Disaster Risk Reduction
Current strategy includes capacity-building to manage and use traditional and modern tools in monitoring and identification of natural disaster inflicted areas. This also enhances the development of a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) mechanism.
The programme participates in Disaster Risk Reduction events such as the development of Disaster Risk Reduction strategy for the Arab Region and Disaster Risk Reduction Terminologies. The programme provides technical and financial support to carry out research and studies on DRR themes for the region.
Besides implementing its programme activities, the EES division is also involved as a member of several committees, team and task forces. They all pertain to Environment, Earth Sciences and Disaster Risk Reduction issues such as:
- The Arab Team in charge of International Environment Agreements headed by the Arab League
- The Arab working group in climate change
- The Regional task force for the development of Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy for the Arab States
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