Stakeholders discuss disaster risk management in infrastructure sectors

Mnena Iyorkegh, Abuja

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In a bid to explore potential ideas for building the resilience of key infrastructure sectors necessary to mitigate disaster in nations as well as build substantive research in conjunction with potential partners, the Government of India is hosting the Second International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) in March 2019 in the Indian city of New Delhi.

The workshop provides a platform for countries and allied stakeholders to develop risk assessment methodologies, risk metrics and indicators of sustainability for different infrastructure classes.

As a crucial milestone towards the establishment of the CDRI, the IWDRI 2019 will explore ways of advancing and implementing some of the ideas generated at the IWDRI 2018.

More specifically it will look at the contours of such an inter-country knowledge partnership to be an effective instrument of building disaster resilience of infrastructure.

It will look at concrete action plans for capacity development of partner countries to upgrade their infrastructure assets, data standardization to facilitate knowledge exchange, among others.

The objectives of IWDRI 2019 are to identify good practices of disaster risk management in key infrastructure sectors like Transport, Energy, Telecom and Water, identify specific areas and pathways for collaborative research on DRI; discuss and co-create the broad contours of the CDRI as well as a notional rollout plan for the next three years;

The workshop also seeks to build a forum for members to work on areas of common interest and make specific commitments.

Attending the workshop include, representatives from partner countries representing their disaster risk management agencies, key infrastructure sectors, multilateral development banks, UN agencies, academia and research institutions, the private sector and policy think tanks.

Twenty one countries and allied stakeholders attended the first International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, IWDRI 2018, organized by the Government of India, in collaboration with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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