Strengthening Actions for Fostering Resilience through Early Warning and Risk Sensitive Planning in Nepal

SAFER Nepal is one of the projects under the DEPECHO VII funded by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department.

The project is being implemented in Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Tanahu, Banke, Bardiya, Kailali, Kanchanpur and Dadeldhura districts of Nepal in partnership with Mercy Corps and Oxfam.

The specific objective of the project is to enhance the capacity of communities and relevant institutions to strengthen Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) systems and structure and replicate DRR initiatives to ensure community based risk management at local level.

The project aims to institutionalise DRR at local level by integrating and mainstreaming it into development priortising early warning system with CBDRM (Community Based Disaster Risk Management) approach through capacity building of communities and stakeholders.

The project plans to disseminate skills and knowledge on approaches and practices for planning, mainstreaming, integrating and implementing DRR for the most vulnerable communities at local level to build their capacities. The emphasis will be given for building skills and knowledge for replication so that the community themselves will be able to establish Community Based Early Warning System (CBEWS).

The Disaster Management Committee (DMC) members, local government, DEOCs (District Emergency Operation Centres), NEOC (National Emergency Operation Centre), DHM (Department of Hydrology & Meteorology), local Non Government Oranisations (NGOs), NRCS (Nepal Red Cross Society) will be targeted for capacity building. This will also include application of existing policy provisions and development of new policies that are required for DRR at local level.

The project is being implemented since 1 March 2013 and has the duration of 18 months.

The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department is one of the world's largest providers of financing for humanitarian aid operations. Its mandate not only includes the funding of disaster relief but also the support of disaster preparedness activities, particularly at the local level. Through its disaster preparedness programme (DIPECHO), it assists vulnerable people living in the most disaster prone regions of the world in reducing the impact of natural disasters on their lives and livelihoods.

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