Minister in the Office of the Vice President, Sylvia Chalikosa says integrated disaster risk management is of paramount importance if Zambia is to protect its citizens and assets from the adverse effects of disaster risks.
Ms Chalikosa said this during the ongoing sixth session of the 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva Switzerland. The Platform is being held under the theme “Resilient Dividend; towards sustainable and inclusive societies”.
She said this year’s Platform again provides an opportunity for taking stock of what has been done since the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015.
Ms Chalikosa disclosed that Zambia continues to be at risk of a number of hazards especially climate change related such as drought and floods. She further said climate change and variability has equally made it difficult to predict the behavior of hazards. This has resulted in the country experiencing prolonged dry spells in some parts and floods in other parts.
Ms Chalikosa revealed that Government has put in place several measures aimed at substantially increasing the national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020. These strategies should be developed with the full participation of women, youth and persons with disabilities to achieve strong DRR outcomes and should seek to reduce the impact of disasters on the most vulnerable.
She added that Government, in collaboration with other stakeholders and in line with global aspirations, has domesticated the Sendai Framework through the development of the National Disaster Risk Management Framework – 2017 to 2030. The Framework which feeds into the Seventh National Development Plan is aimed at enhancing the implementation capacity of the country to reduce vulnerability and contribute to resilience and sustainable development.
Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit
17th May 2019