By 2022, Swaziland has a functional national disaster risk management system that minimizes community vulnerability to hazards and effectively prevents and mitigates the impact of disasters within the context of sustainable development .
To apply innovative approaches and technologies to enhance community resilience to disaster risks through effective coordination, facilitate and implementation of all disaster risk management initiatives in Swaziland
•Proactiveness: prioritize on prevention before cure
•Gender sensitive, humane and compassionate
•Impartiality: equity, neutrality, fairness, even handedness, objectivity and unbiased
•Timeliness: Efficiently and effectiveness, responsiveness, and relevance
•Integrity: accountability, transparency, honesty and confidence
•Innovation: creativity, visionary, energetic and inspirational
•Professionalism: high quality, reliability, flexibility
•Participation: value ideas, inclusive, non judgmental
The goal of this Disaster Risk Management Policy is to prevent and minimize the impact of disasters on vulnerable communities and groups; develop response systems and standards; and issue timely alerts and help protect the country’s critical infrastructure
objectives of the policy are to:
a)To create effective and functional legal and institutional framework on DRR.
b)To improve risk identification mechanism in the country
c)To enhance information and knowledge management for risk management
d)To improve national risk management applications for poverty and disaster risk reduction
e)To establish/strengthen disaster preparedness and emergency response practices
f)To develop an effective information and early warning system.
g)To promote information management and exchange through research, appropriate education, training and other capacity building programmes as well effective media involvement in public awareness, locally, regionally and internationally
The Africa Region Strategy on Risk reduction and the SADC Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction
The basic approach to disaster of the Hyogo Framework for Action is to build the resilience of nation and communities. The Hyogo framework outlines priority action points for the countries for 2005 -2015 including; prioritizing disaster Risk Reduction;
The state has the responsibility to put in place coherent framework and strong institutions for effective disaster risk management. The government of the Kingdom of Swaziland as the primary leader in the implementation of Sustainable Development has the power as well as the responsibility to protect its citizens and their national assets by reducing the risk of losses from disasters. Even though disasters mainly occur at regional level and below, national government has important responsibilities in advocacy and in support of the efforts to regional government and the communities as well to promote a culture of prevention. The first major objective of DRM in Swaziland is to save lives, livelihoods and property. This can only be achieved if the principal focus of the programme is on preventing disasters happening in the first place.
Risk identification and assessment for action;
building understanding and awareness;
strengthening preparedness for response
The Agency is the Principal Institution for Disaster Management at the national level of government.
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