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Planning for preparedness

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
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On 29 February, Jean Lebel, President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and His Excellency Nadir Patel, Ambassador of Canada to Nepal, announced a $1.2 million investment following the April 2015 earthquake to rebuild and restore housing, public buildings, infrastructure and promote better management for future natural disasters.

Emphasising disaster risk management, the IDRC will be working with a local partner, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, to support rehabilitation and reconstruction programs in Dhungentar ward, hoping to build earthquake resilient homes for 100 families.

The IDRC has actively been working on climate and water related challenges in the region for more than 20 years. With the help of this initiative, it hopes to strengthen the capacities of communities and institutions for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, and build eco-friendly, climate and earthquake resilient homes.

With this effort, Lebel feels that the knowledge generated from this plan will help other regions prepare better for disaster management.

Director General of ICIMOD, David Molden, believes this step towards helping mountain communities to better prepare for natural hazards will be a lesson that can be transferred to other countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, a high hazard region for earthquakes.

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