Islamabad, 16-19 October 2017: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) have jointly launched a 16-month project aimed at strengthening institutions for developing resilience in Pakistan. Senior government officials from NDMA, Federal Flood Commission, Ministry of Climate Change, Geological Survey of Pakistan, Meteorological Department, and Planning Commission attended the first of an advanced disaster resilience training course in Islamabad today which also marked the official beginning of the project.
Subject: Preparation for Monsoon 2016
Pakistan Meteorological Department has issued the Seasonal Outlook for Spring and Early Summer 2016 which states that “Prevailing oceanic, atmospheric and surface climatic conditions suggest that uncertainties in Pakistan’s weather pattern will persist towards the early Summer till the El Nino comes to neutral phase in May – June 2016’’ as explained at Annex A.
Islamabad, 22 February, 2016: ‘Women are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and Climate Change, where their rights and socio-economic status are not equal to those of men. Hence, empowerment of women is an important ingredient in building climate resilience’.
Occurrences of frequent disasters of unprecedented nature, scope, and geographic spread have emerged as a serious challenge for the international community, particularly for developing countries who are struggling to achieve their development goals. Extreme climatic events are attributed by scientists and researchers to the climate change phenomenon being experienced globally. Even developed countries like Japan find it quite challenging to manage negative impacts of disasters like the Japan earthquake / Tsunami of 2011.
Pakistan's vulnerability to natural and human induced disasters is characterized by earthquakes, floods, droughts, cyclones, landslides, sea hazards and a range of complex emergencies. The response to the earthquake of 2005 signified the importance of a national platform to manage and coordinate the response efforts to deal with the risk of disasters in a synchronized manner.