Mission East contributes to an international book about disaster risk reduction
Recently, UNISDR (The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) published the book "Risk Returns" which holds a large amount of examples of disaster risk reduction. Danish relief work is represented by Mission East's projects in Nepal.
Poor and isolated villages in Nepal are vulnerable to earthquakes, droughts, floods and epidemics. Due to the lack of knowledge, few resources, and poor infrastructure the population suffers major consequences of the disasters.
In cooperation with the local partner Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Centre (KIRDARC) and Nepali Red Cross, Mission East trains the villagers to build roads, improve housing and establish irrigation systems. UNISDR has chosen to include this project in the publication "Risk Returns" which reviews examples of disaster risk reduction.
"We are proud that our project in Nepal is included in UNISDR's publication. We hope our work will inspire others to reduce risks related to disasters elsewhere in the world. We are facing global climate changes and it is crucial that more governments and organisations work preventively in areas that are vulnerable to earthquakes, floods and epidemics. It is important both from a humanitarian and a financial perspective," says Managing Director Kim Hartzner.
Mission East's work is characterized by the focus on Nepali people living in such isolation that authorities rarely hear about earthquakes and floods in their areas. Therefore the episodes are called "hidden hazards". Compared to other disasters, they are rarely known and do not affect a very large number of people. But because they happen frequently the development of the poor population is being seriously curbed. To prevent this Mission East has chosen to help.
Mission East works together with University of Lausanne on this project in Nepal.
UNISDR (The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) is the secretariat of the ISDR system. ISDR comprises numerous organizations, States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and others which work together and share information to reduce disaster risk. UNISDR serves as the focal point for the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), which aims to protect lives and livelihoods against disasters.