Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional
strengthening (HFA 1)
The UNDP Programme12 for “Disaster Preparedness, Management and Recovery”
Within the Country Cooperation Framework stretching from 1997 to 2006, the « Disaster
Preparedness, Management and Recovery » (YEM/97/500) became one of the thematic areas.
The programme envisaged a sustainable reduction in disaster risks to communities in multihazard
disaster prone areas and build national capacity. The key task was to initiate disaster
planning, to assess risks and post-disaster needs and to implement disaster risk reduction and
recovery methods. « However, due to a cumbersome executing structure and institutional set
up, in addition to a variety of other reasons, including indecisiveness on which ministry would
manage the overall disaster management functions, the UNDP-assisted programme has been
stalled for the last four years »13. Finally, the Government of Yemen made a decision to install
the Disaster Management Unit at the Ministry of Interior. Within this context, the UNDP
Country Office fielded the BCPR-RBAS Regional Officer to Yemen on a 10-day
inception/fact-finding mission (21-31 January 2002) aimed at finding the most efficient and
effective ways to kick off the programme.Please use additional space if required.
Disaster Preparedness, Management & Recovery
Project Number: 00015632
Duration: 2003 - 2010
This project aims to provide support to the Government of Yemen in its exerted efforts to successfully respond to the scale of vulnerability and recurrent localized disasters, which include earthquakes, floods, droughts and various epidemics through disaster mitigation, disaster response and recovery.
Location: Sana’a, Hadhramout, Aden, Socotra Island, Al Mahara and Dhammar.
Reduced risk and impact of natural and man-made disasters to enhance national security and stable of economic growth. Enhancing the policy and disaster management planning and implementation. Setting up of an appropriate coordination mechanism for disaster migration and response that will be linked with key actors. Enhance the disaster management information base and Raise awareness levels among the decision makers, school children and the public .
1. Establishing the necessary institutions (Disaster Management Unit / National Emergency Operations Centre) with clear structure and functional procedures for disaster planning, management and prevention
2. Formulating and implementing a Disaster Management national contingency plan
3. Establishing a Disaster Management Information System (DMIS) Database.
4. Establishing a Disaster Management Communication System .
5. Building the national staff capacity at the central and governorate levels in disaster planning, preparedness, management, mitigation, emergency response and recovery.
• Disaster Management Unit/National Emergency Operation Centre (DMU/NEOC) was established.
• The National Disaster Management Plan was finalized, after a long participatory process involving the DMU and other concerned governmental and non-governmental entities. Accordingly, Arabic and English versions of the plan were produced.
• Radio equipment was procured.
• Trained civil defence representatives from all Yemeni governorates in needs assessment, field assessments, project preparedness and planning, working with communities during disasters and humanitarian values and principles.
• Trained female police officers on disaster management and gender issues in collaboration with the Yemen Women Union.
• Produced training/awareness guides on disaster management; Avian Influenza first aid and civil defence roles.
• Conducted a general Tsunami risk assessment, awareness raising activities in communities susceptible to Tsunami.
• As a part of capacity building at governorate level, civil defence offices in Mukalla, Sayun and Aden have been provided with basic office equipments.
• DMP equipped with GIS unit, The unit have been provided with the necessary hardware and software.