Report on the SADC Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness Planning Workshop, Gaborone, Botswana. 05‐08 October 2010

Meeting Summary

The annual Southern African Development Community (SADC) Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Preparedness Planning Workshop took place in Gaborone, Botswana from 05‐08 October 2010, in partnership with UNISDR, the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and UNOCHA. The theme of the workshop was “strengthening SADC and national capacities for disaster preparedness and response”. It provided a platform for national and regional DRR managers and stakeholders to deliberate on the implications of the 2010/11 seasonal rainfall forecast, and agree on the necessary contingency and preparedness measures needed to respond to possible emergencies, typically related to floods and droughts, during the next rainfall season. The workshop also addressed preparedness for health emergencies, as well as other possible threats relevant to SADC Member States. Representatives from SADC Member States, UN Agencies, International Cooperating Partners (ICPs), non‐governmental organizations (NGOs), donors and civil society participated.

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