BIMSTEC-2017 kicked off; aims to share the best practices for effective Disaster Risk Reduction
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 09-Aug-2017

New Delhi, August 9: 1st Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation Disaster Management Exercise-2017"- BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise 2017 preparedness meet kicked off on Tuesday. The meet aims to help in the augmentation of capacities, especially response capacity, besides promoting cooperation and coordination in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). 

BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise 2017 was organised by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Lt Gen (Retired) N C Marwah, Member (NDMA), was the Chief Guest at the inaugural session. The Exercise shall be conducted in two phase in Delhi and NCR. The first phase scheduled for August 8-9, 2017 comprises a Preparatory Meeting and field visit of the site selected for Field Training Exercise (FTX) during the main exercise. The main exercise will comprise of Table Top Exercise (TTX), Field Training Exercise (FTX) and After Action Review (AAR) which is scheduled for October 10-13, 2017.

 

While addressing the preparatory meeting of BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise 2017 Lt. Gen. Marwah said that regional and international cooperation in DRR is critical to Disaster Management. Further Lt. Gen. Marwah said India has been at the forefront of DRR efforts by hosting the South Asian Annual Disaster Management Exercise (SAADMEx) and the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR). India has also offered its expertise and capabilities in DRR such as the South Asia satellite, GSAT-9, and the Tsunami Early Warning Centre to other countries, he added.

Further, he added that the impact of natural disasters is increasing due to growing population and urbanization. Sharing of best practices in DRR including prevention, mitigation and resilience are critical to disaster management, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Director General, NDRF, Sanjay Kumar said the modalities and requirements of the First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ would be worked during the course of the two-day Preparatory Meeting.

Senior officers from MHA, MEA, NDMA, NDRF and National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), besides representatives from all seven BIMSTEC nations, - namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand, are participating in the Preparatory Meeting.

The Government of India has entrusted the responsibility of organizing the First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ to the NDRF. This Exercise will provide a platform to share the Best Practices on comprehensive aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), strengthening regional response and coordination for Disaster Management among the BIMSTEC nations.