EU, French Red Cross provide 1.67b kip to reduce disaster risks
The European Union and French Red Cross donated some 191,900 euro or more than 1.67 billion kip to the Lao Red Cross yesterday to scale up Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) and school safety in five villages of Yommalath district, Khammuan province.
A representative of the French Red Cross project in Laos, Mr Thomas Viger ( left ) and Vice President of the Lao Red Cross, Mr Thongphachanh Sonnasinh sign a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by a representative of the French Red Cross project in Laos, Mr Thomas Viger and Vice President of the Lao Red Cross, Mr Thongphachanh Sonnasinh.
The purpose of the project includes strengthening coordination mechanisms and improving disaster risk management capacities at the national and local levels.
It aims to support improved consolidation and replication of CBDRM and school safety approaches in vulnerable areas.
In addition, the project falls in line with the national disaster management plan of the Lao government and humanitarian implementation plan for Southeast Asia and other plans.
The specific purpose focuses on three dimensions which include supporting the development of a functioning national disaster risk reduction platform that serves as a forum for policy making, technical exchanges, lessons learned, joint initiatives, harmonisation and dissemination.
It will also serve to upgrade the skills of local authorities, villagers and schools in their capacity to better mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters in their area.
The project will also serve to improve general awareness at the local and national levels on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
The scaling-up of the community based disaster risk management and school safety in Laos project shall run from November 2016 to October 2017. It will be implemented in the five villages of Thachon, Chakuan, Kaengmuang, Hadxone and Phonkeo, in Yommalath district.
The target is to continue to implement activities of community based disaster risk reduction already completed during phase one. The first phase of the project focused on scaling up community based disaster risk reduction nationwide by providing technical and policy support at the national level.
It also focused on increasing risk awareness and supporting capacity building among local authorities to effectively prepare for and respond to disasters.
The project selected Khammuan province to implement the French Red Cross activities, as it contains flood prone areas, negatively affected last year by flash flooding that wiped out food crops and reduced food security.
Besides that, the community income sources are not diverse compared to other provinces.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update January 19, 2017)