Disaster risk within a country has its roots in development decisions that do not adequately address disaster concerns, and the resulting disasters are coming at the cost of development and poverty reduction. The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2011 outlines that the economic, social and environmental costs of disasters are self-evident, and with a changing climate, increased rate of urbanization, and increasing mismanagement of land, disaster risk and the resulting impacts from disaster events will continue to have costly effects on the progress towards socio-economic development of countries across Asia and the rest of the world. By not considering disaster risk in development planning, governments often unknowingly play a leading role in shaping risk, through investments in infrastructure and public services, and through improper planning and regulation. Thus it is essential that the process of development planning identifies and analyzes the underlying causes of risk, and factors in measures for risk reduction.
The goal of the course is to enhance understanding among participants from the RCC member countries on mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the development planning process, in order to build the capacities of government officials to implement disaster resilient development. The specific objectives of the course include:
1. To increase awareness among participants on the need to mainstream DRR into the development planning processes,
2. To enhance the capacity of participants on ‘how to’ mainstream DRR concerns into the national, sub-national, sectoral development planning processes,
3. To improve capacity on financing DRR activities, and undertaking advocacy, and monitoring and evaluation on mainstreaming DRR into development.
4. To provide a platform for experience sharing, discussion and interactive professional exchange amongst government officials of MDRD practice and experiences between RCC countries.
What is included in the event fee
Developed under the RCC Mainstreaming Program and supported by AusAID, there is no tuition fee applicable for the invited participants as well as the participants selected based on registration. However, the participants selected based on registration would need to pay a sum of US$ 1,500 towards direct meeting expenses related to meeting package (daily lunches and refreshments), printed course materials and hotel accommodation from 26th until 31st August (accommodation for 6 nights) in Bangkok. All paying participants would be responsible for arranging their travel and visa expenses including transportation from and to airport
1. Representatives from the National Planning Agency and National Disaster Management Offices of RCC member countries (by invitation under the RCC program on mainstreaming DRR into development)
2. Government official from other national agencies in RCC member countries; responsible for national development planning, physical/land-use planning, local development, finance, representatives from national forums on Millennium Development Goals and related agencies (Open for registration with limited seats available)
3. Representatives from development agencies (such as UN agencies, bilateral and multilateral agencies and non-governmental organizations), working closely with government agencies on issues related to development policy, planning and programs (Open for registration with limited seats available)