27 May 2013 08:00
WINDHOEK, 27 MAY (NAMPA) - The second round of training of trainers in disaster risk management commenced in Swakopmund on Monday.
It is organised by the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) in co-operation with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
Thirty-two officials from key Government ministries, regional and town councils, and the Namibian Red Cross Society from the Erongo, Hardap, Khomas, Karas, Omaheke, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa regions are attending the five-day event.
Head of the IOM in Namibia, Elham Pourazar told Nampa on enquiry Monday the capacity-building programme is financially supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance to the tune of US dollars 750 000 (about N.dollars 7 million).
?It forms part of a broader regional capacity-building programme for sustainable and coherent disaster risk management, which includes the neighbouring countries of Botswana and Mozambique, and is founded on the principles of national ownership, partnership, participation and a low-cost methodology.
The aim of this training is to create a national pool of disaster risk management trainers in Namibia that can serve as resource to enhance national capacity for disaster resilience today and in the future,? she explained.
The training package has been developed specifically for Namibia, and includes modules on different natural hazards and activities linked to each hazard, and the way the community can strengthen their own capacity to learn to live with hazards.
The modules are all founded under the Namibian disaster risk management system, including the Disaster Risk Management Act (Act no.10 of 2012) and the cycle of disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
This training will certify a total of 62 trainers countrywide in disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
According to Pourazar, these trainers will be supported throughout 2013 to undertake their own training sessions targeting their colleagues and other disaster risk management actors as well as affected or at-risk communities.
She said the training coincided with the recent drought disaster declaration earlier this month by President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who underlined the severity of the situation and called for co-ordination among all stakeholders.
A disaster risk management training of trainers session was also conducted last week in Ongwediwa, and covered representatives from the Caprivi, Kavango, Kunene, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshana regions.
Pourazar indicated that the Namibian capacity-building model, formulated in 2011 in the aftermath of devastating floods which caused widespread displacement, has been replicated and adapted by other countries, including Colombia, Pakistan and currently Botswana and Mozambique.
The training ends Friday.