Mozambique at the regional forum on Mainstreaming Disaster Reduction into Development

Oct 6, 2013

Mozambique officials from the Ministry of Planning and Development, the National Disaster management Institute accompanied by a UNDP officer, participated in a Leadership Development Forums (LDF) on “Mainstreaming Adaptation and Disaster Reduction into Development” (MADRiD) from 7–10 October 2013 in Banjul Gambia.

The Forum  allowed  mid to high level officers from sectoral Ministries (such as Planning, Finance, Education, Health, Agriculture, Lands or Environment), and National Training Institutes (NTI) or Universities and National Hydrometeorological agencies to gain greater political commitment, social demand for disaster and climate resilient development and develop country implementation plan through joint problem solving practice.

The main goal was to increase social demand and political commitment for integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into overall economic and social planning processes; and to promote the establishment of sustained human resources capacity development for implementation of integrated development planning.

With this, it is expected that: There will be increased political commitment and social demand for disaster and climate resilient development; Consolidation of accessible technical resources for advancing DRR and CCA in development planning; Greater cooperation and coordination of efforts in MADRiD among countries and with partners; Strengthened national capacity development programmes including through training of trainers and support in tailoring training material to meet national needs.

MADRiD is a multi-year initiative that was initiated to increase high-level political commitment for integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into overall economic and social planning processes; and to promote the establishment of sustained human resources capacity development to successfully advocate for the integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into socio-economic development planning.

Three cumulative LDFs convened in 2012 were opportunities for structured dialogue and joint problem-solving with disaster managers, climate change authorities, development planners, law-makers, elected officials and technical partners. Participants identified challenges to advance climate and disaster resilient development and addressed training needs and capacity gaps.

Through the MADRiD programme, participating country representatives were trained in a number of key conceptual and practical issues important for enhancing high-level Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) advocacy nationally, and developed action plans with commitments to follow-up in their home countries.

Several countries have already included DRR mainstreaming and MADRiD follow-up activities in their 2013 work plans. In 2013, MADRiD activities were expanded to Africa through one Peer Learning Forum (PLF) and one LDF that were jointly designed and delivered by UNISDR, UNDP, WMO, MADRiD partner countries and host country.

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