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People in flood-prone regions need special attention

Speakers tell KOICA seminar

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 2 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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People in flood-prone regions need special attention
Guests pose for a group photo at a knowledge sharing seminar titled ‘Building Community Resilience to Natural Disasters’ at Gulshan Club in the capital on Thursday. —SUN PHOTO

Speakers at a seminar said locals in flood-prone regions require special attention to enhance their resilience against impacts of hazards.

They made the call at a knowledge sharing seminar titled ‘Building Community Resilience to Natural Disasters’ at Gulshan Club in the capital on Thursday.

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in collaboration with World Food Programme (WFP), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) and Oxfam Bangladesh under KOICA Bangladesh Alumni Association (KBAA) arranged the seminar.

The event aimed to share key learning and importance of community level resilience attainment was graced by Young-Ah Doh, Country Director, KOICA Bangladesh Office, Mst. Nasima Begum, Member (Secretary), Planning Commission and President, KBAA, Piet Vochten, Deputy Country Director, WFP Bangladesh Country Office, Ali Akgul, Operations Manager, IFRC among other representatives of international organisations, NGOs and government officials.

It featured presentations and discussions on KOICA funded projects with WFP titled, “WFP Building Resilience to Achieve Zero Hunger (BRAZH)”, IFRC titled, ‘Integrated Flood Resilience Programme: Phase 2 through Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Approach’ and Oxfam Bangladesh titled, “Resilience Boat Resident Community of Bangladesh”.

It also consisted of an action plan on ‘Innovation Solutions to Safe Drinking Water in the Saline-prone Coastal Belt’ under KOICA-Yonsei Master’s Degree Program in Community Development in Korea.

Bangladesh is exposed to a multitude of hazards for which, the local people of vulnerable regions require special attention to enhance their resilience against impacts of hazards through an inclusive resilience approach.

In this light, KOICA has partnered with a number of multilateral organisations and international non-governmental organizations to build community resilience and has been supporting the above-mentioned projects. It primarily aims to enhance resilience of the vulnerable communities from flooding, cyclones, storms, earthquakes, etc. that have been the cross-cutting sectors of KOICA.

The projects apply various approaches for the affected people namely, access to Forecast-based Financing, Micro-insurance and Seasonal Livelihood support, national capacity to response emergency and risk reduction of the chronically flood affected population, WASH & health, community response mechanism, shelter, Disaster Risk Reduction & climate change, provision of safe drinking water and hygiene through 34 floating water and sanitation centers and so on. 

Speaking on the occasion, KOICA’s Country Director hoped that through this support from the government of Republic of Korea, it will strengthen resilience of community people in the areas of health, livelihoods, WASH and overall ability to withstand and cope against natural disasters.

While Ms. Nasima Begum, Member (Secretary), Planning Commission and President, KBAA and representatives of WFP, IFRC and Oxfam expressed their gratitude and hoped that KOICA will continue its unwavering support to assist Government of Bangladesh for its socio-economic development. 

The seminar was a fitting platform to exchange expert knowledge between relevant organizations to augment and facilitate sustainability of community resilience initiatives.