Talk Program on Disaster Risk Reduction in New Local Government Structure of Nepal Concluded

ADRA Nepal in collaboration with NDRC Nepal organized a talk program on “Disaster Risk Reduction in New Local Government Structure of Nepal (Rural and Urban Municipalities) Opportunities and Challenges” on June 27, 2017 in Kathmandu under Project entitled “Building Resilience to Disaster by Promoting and mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management and Resilience Initiatives in Earthquake Affected Communities”BURDAN”. The event was chaired by Joint Secretary of MoHA, Mr. Krishna Bahadu Raut while Mr. Shankar Hari Acharya, Chief National Emergency Operation Center, MoHA and Mr. Purushottam Subedi, Chief Fire Control and Disaster Management Section, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MOFALD) presented on issues highlighting in Global Platform on DRR held in Cancun, Mexico and the way forward for mainstreaming DRR in restructured Federal units.

Er. Suman Meher Shrestha from Town Development Fund, Mr. Ajaya Dixit , Executive Director, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition Nepal (#ISET-Nepal) and Er. Surya Narayan Shrestha, Deputy Executive Director, National Society for Earthquake Technologies (#NSET) also presented on urban development strategies and mainstreaming DRR in urban development. During the program, ADRA Nepal Country Director Dr. Josue Orellana as key note speaker highlighted the need of mainstreaming DRR in new local government of Nepal.

The key message of this talk program are as follows:

1) mainstreaming DRR is a must in government plans and strategies for sustainable development,

2) disasters should be taken as opportunities to showcase resilience and challenges must be faced with preparedness from all concerned stakeholders.

3) the program created a platform whereby knowledge on the initiatives of the government and institutions like NSET and ISET were disseminated in a productive manner.

Talk Program on Disaster Risk Reduction in Local Government Structure of Nepal
Talk Program on Disaster Risk Reduction in New Local Government Structure of Nepal

NDRC Nepal selected as the sole finalist from Nepal in Farming for Biodiversity Contest

NDRC Nepal is proud to announce that it has been selected as the only finalist for”Solution Search: Farming for Biodiversity” Contest. The winner will be announced based on jury’s decision and votes. NDRC requests our well wishers to vote for NDRC Nepal. To vote and to know more about project, please visit the following link:

BURDAN Program Review Meeting Concluded

BURDAN Program Review Meeting
BURDAN Program Review Meeting

BURDAN program review meeting was conducted on 2nd-4th of May, 2017 at NDRC Nepal, New Baneshwor with objective to confer, collate and convey a collective understanding of the project. Project Staff from ADRA Nepal, NDRC Nepal, Rural Mutual Development (RMD) Nepal, and Nangshal Association Nepal (NAN) participated in the three day meeting.

During the meeting the project team discussed on the activities implemented so far along with amendment of Detail Implementation guideline and Detail Implementation Plan. The amendments aimed to increase effectiveness and efficiency of the project.

The meeting was fruitful in developing common understanding of the project implementation approach and plans for the respective partner for project implementation for remaining one and half year. Post meeting the implementing partners has commenced preparation to execute the planned activities soon after the election.

NDRC to contribute as national strategic partner for ADRA Nepal

NDRC Nepal is proud to contribute Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Nepal as its national strategic partner for its upcoming project entitled “Building Resilience to Disaster by Promoting and mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management and Resilience Initiatives in Earthquake Affected Communities (BURDAN)” being implemented in Kavre and Dhading. The project aims to build the community resilience through governance for disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness in Nepal in post disaster scenario. NDRC Nepal will be contributing in evidence based Policy Advocacy, Research and Development, Knowledge Management, and capacity building activities. This project is planned to complete by September 2018. At district and community level, NDRC will conduct various studies on Community based DRR and School based DRR along with contributing to strengthen local capacities and leadership for DRM. At national level, it will render support in formulation of DRM related policies and strategies along with raising awareness on DRM, SFDRR, safe school, core humanitarian actions and emergency preparedness.

“National Simulation Exercise”

img_8594National Disaster Risk Reduction Center participated as monitor and observer in the national simulation exercise organized by District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) Bardiya from November 29 to December 1,2016 at Gulariya, Bardiya.

The simulation exercise aimed to inform the stakeholders about the process of disaster response within the district and need of coordination with the national stakeholders. The exercise focused on the activities of DDRC, ACT, DDRT and DEOC- a government entity working as secretariat of DDRC for disaster response. The simulation observed high participation of state and non state actors who received insights on the process through monitoring, observation and direct participation.

The participants of the simulation highly appreciated the role played by DEOC in the entire process. The role of DEOC was seen prominent in the exercise conducted whereby they acted as the information and coordination hub.During the simulation DEOC produced analysis of the data received from the disaster affected areas. The analysis were visualized through maps and charts. The participants appreciated and applauded the analysis presented by DEOC for informed decision making during disaster response.

Appreciation of the DEOC was taken by our team as an achievement of efforts made by NDRC and other agencies in development and strengthening of DEOC. Since June 2016, NDRC has been supporting DEOC indeveloping and strengthening capacity of DEOC for disaster data collection and analysis along with its visualization through mapping to  help in decision making. The simulation exercise presented DEOC as capable of carrying out such analysis and visualization techniques independently in the future.

“Workshop on IM Platform”

img_7777National Disaster Risk Reduction Center conducted a workshop on Information Management (IM) Platform from December 3-4, 2016 in Nepalgunj, Banke.

The workshop involved Information Management Officers (IMO) and Data Management Assistants (DMA) who were oriented on using IM Platform that they will be operating on. They were instructed on how to update information in the platform during peace time and use them properly during disaster

Practical sessions were conducted for making the process more comprehensive and pragmatic. This made the participants capable of effectively operating the IM Platform independently in the future.

“Disaster Data Collection and Analysis (Phase III)”
14724572_326370367727679_2757260630957741444_nNational Disaster Risk Reduction Centre facilitated third phase of “Training on disaster data collection and analysis” organized by Nepal Red Cross society and supported by Red Cross Consortium (DIPECHO-8) at Ghorahi, Dang from October 21-26, 2016. The aim of the training was to strengthen and enhance capacity of staff from District Emergency Operation Centre, District Administration Office, District Development Committee and Municipal offices on collection of data and analysis of data for disaster management.
The main components of training were application of GIS for vulnerability mapping, preparedness and response, basic skills of Microsoft Excel and Word, mobile data collection and orientation on information management platform. The first and second phase of the training sensitized and made participants capable of producing the hazard maps, carry out basic analysis and produce reports independently by using GIS platform and Microsoft Excel and Word.
Third phase of training was offered to the same participants of first and second phase of training, building on the training components delivered during previous phases.
The major achievement of the training was that the participants were oriented and sensitized about benefits of mobile based data collection. They were capable of using their mobile devices to collect data. Initial Rapid Assessment (IRA) orientation also proved very fruitful for the participants. The participants collected data from community using IRA form in mobile. This provided them with the practical know-how of the training session.
The training building on the earlier phases of training focused more on polishing the skills imparted earlier along with imparting new sets of skills on mobile data collection and maintaining IM platform. This in turn made them aware of the importance of IM platform. The platform developed was appreciated and accepted by the participants. Towards the end of the training, the participants were able to develop thematic and vulnerable maps independently. They were able to internalize the interconnectedness of training contents of the three phases of this training session that was conducted over different periods of time.

“Training on Disaster Data Collection and Analysis –Phase II completed”

Disaster Data Collection and Management Training
Disaster Data Collection and Management Training

National Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (#NDRC) facilitated second phase of “Training on disaster data collection and analysis” organized by Nepal Red Cross society and supported by DDRC and Red Cross Consortium (DIPECHO-8) at Chispani, Kailali from August 27 to August 30, 2016 to strengthen and enhance capacity of staff from District Emergency Operation Centre (#DEOC),District Administration Office (#DAO), District Development Committee (#DDC) and Municipal offices on collection of data and analysis of data for disaster management. Altogether 25 participants from these offices of Dang, Bardiya, Banke and Surkhet participated in the training.  The training was inaugurated by Chief District Officer of Bardiya Mr. Bishnu Bahadur Thapa anticipating meaning participation of all participants and tangible outputs of the training.

The training imparted skills on digitization, and geo-processing of maps received from various sources including google earth to prepare the maps into workable form in GIS. They learned skills to clip, intersect, merge and unite maps to prepare maps of desirable area and theme.  Along with those the session of GIS also included extraction of data from the GPS devices, its direct plotting into map facilitating to enhance efficiency of data collector and analyst. During the training participants gained hands on experience on collect disaster related data and using GPS devices which were later plotted in the maps. Training session of GIS was concluded with skills of cartography. Participants reflected the sessions as mentally exhausting, very delicate and responsible but fun at the same time. They were all satisfied for getting skills to prepare their district wise thematic maps for disaster management.

On the last day of the training, a brief training on use of excel for data analysis such as using pivot tables was conducted. This was accompanied by theory and practice of data visualization. The training sessions were facilitated by Mr. Chandra Bilas Bhurtel (ICT Consultant), Mr. Madhu Sudan Gautam (Senior Researcher), Mr. Dhruba Gautam (Senior Researcher) and Mr. Pratap Maharjan (Project Officer) from NDRC Nepal.

During the concluding session of the training the participants agreed that to be more confident on using GIS, they need to practice more, interact regularly and develop a strong database to prepare a well informing map. For the third phase of the training the participants were given assignment to prepare at least vulnerability maps of any of the VDCs of their respective district. Concluding the session, District President of NRCS Mr. Krishna KC thanked organizing and facilitating team for successfully making participants internalize use of GIS for preparation of hazard mapping, and imparting skills on preparing of the same along with use of excel for data analysis and GPS for accurate data collection. He requested the participants to use their skills in anticipated work and also share it to the other staffs in their respective offices and looked forward for completion of assignments before the third phase of the training.

“Delivering improved emergency preparedness and response in Nepal through enhanced partnership between the Red Cross and the Government of Nepal – DIPECHO 8”

Development and strengthening of DEOC and IM Platforms

DIPECHO-8 is implemented by Nepal Red Cross Society with the financial support of ECHO and RC consortium in Bardiya, Banke and Dang District covering two most vulnerable VDCs in each district. Identifying need of capacity building of the stakeholders working in the field of disaster on disaster data collection and analysis, DDRC and DIPECHO-8 consortium supported by NDRC Nepal organized six days training on disaster data collection and analysis in its project districts (two days in each district) from 28th July to 2nd Aug 2016.

The objectives of training were to enhance the capacity of personnel from stakeholders to produce quality disaster report efficiently in short period of time and to sensitize about use of maps as tool for decision making. The training was divided in three sessions; the first session included a presentation about the need of data management for disaster management in reference to examples from Nepal and around the world. The second session included use of word platform for preparation of the report efficiently, professionally and in short duration of time. This session included contents to impart knowledge on using the different functions on the word platform such as section breakdown, auto insertion of table of contents and figures, citation and references. The third session included the basic concept of GIS, introduction to thematic mapping and map production.

The major achievements of training were information sharing on disaster and contemporary issues, enhanced skills of using Microsoft word for report preparation, sensitization on need of accurate data for disaster management and developed skills to use ARC GIS for thematic map production. The duration of training should be at least one week to make the participants capable of using such tools and participating institutions self reliant on map production.

Strengthening Local Capacity for Reducing the Risk of Disaster and the impact of Climate Change implemented in six VDCs of Kapilvastu District

Project Introduction

The study is about the project entitled “Strengthening Local Capacity for Reducing the Risk of Disaster and the impact of Climate Change” implemented in six VDCs of Kapilvastu District. The project with five months duration was held to strengthen the ability of river basin dwellers to respond resiliently to the risks of disaster and impacts of climate change.

Case study 1(Broadening the Scope of School Curricula Extracurricular activities and drills increase children’s confidence regarding DRR and CCA)

1The project arranged for capacity building trainings, helped establish meteorological stations in schools, and introduced extracurricular activities to sensitize teachers and students (2200 school children, 44% of them were girls) on the issues of disaster and climate change. Involving children in Disaster Management Committee (DMCs) brings to DRR creativity, sense of ownership and enthusiasm not generally seen among adults.


Case study 2(Conserving Local Resources DMC bans extraction of riverbed materials from Banganga River)

2The project arranged for the variety of interaction programmes organized for DMCs, CFUGs and VDC and District level stakeholders to discuss the indiscriminate mining of riverbed materials, to increase their awareness of DRR and CCA, and to provide training in community-based disaster preparedness. In November 2012 the Supreme Court issued a writ, prohibiting the extraction of materials from sensitive areas. Now, riverbed materials are allowed to be extracted for local use only.

Case study 3(Forewarned is forearmed A community-managed early warning system boosted the confidence of people living along the riverbank)

3The project trained DMCs to build a strong EWS and provided essential equipment, which both upstream and downstream DMCs have gladly agrees to manage. The project organizes the formal and informal trainings for DMCs on how the EWS works and the videos of models in other countries. The EWS has allowed the people living downstream to know about the floods and make the necessary preparations and thereby considerably minimize the possibility of damage, including the once common sweeping away of shepherds and livestock by flash floods.

Case study 4(Putting learning into action Disaster management committees leverage internal and external resources strategically)

4During the project, DMC were established and capacitated through training and PVA used to identify the nature, frequency and impact of key hazards. District DMC network were reformed to expand membership. The project formed seven community level and seven school level DMCs including representatives of local governments, women and backward groups, and members of clubs, community forest users’ groups and mothers’ groups. This has increased the enthusiasm for DRR and CCA activities.

Case Study 5(Pre- and Post-construction activity is as important as construction itself Bamboo spurs promise to conserve farmland along river banks)

5During the project two bamboo spurs were constructed in erosion-prone zones of Sagrahawa. Ninety people, almost 70% of whom were female, worked for five days to build the spur. It has directly benefited 102 households of Sagrahawa VDC and indirectly, another 180 household in the neighborhoods. This spur fostered social solidarity and brought harmony among people.



 NATIONAL DISSEMINATION of Research on “Impact of Nepal’s 2015 Earthquake on Older People and Persons with Disabilities”

Report Launching of Impact of Earthquake on Older People and Person with disabilites by Dr. Gauri Shankar Lal Das and Mr. Sudarsan Subedi
Report Launching of Impact of Earthquake on Older People and Person with disabilites by Dr. Gauri Shankar Lal Das and Mr. Sudarsan Subedi

“The research on Impact of Earthquake on Older People (OPs) and person with disabilities, a research first of its kind has become the baseline showcasing need for advocacy and further research in the issues of inclusion of OPs and person with disabilities in general and during humanitarian assistance post disaster,” concluded Dr. Gauri Shankar Lal Das, President, NASCIF unveiling the report on “Impact of Earthquake on Older People and Person with Disabilities, 2015”  during the National Dissemination of the research findings on 27 April, 2016 at Hotel Greenwhich Village, Sanepa Lalitpur.

The research was joint initiative of HelpAge International (HAI), Christian Blind Mission (CBM) and National Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (NDRC) conducted in seven most earthquake affected districts namely, Gorkha, Sindhupalchwok, Kavre, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Makwanpur. It looked into impacts of the earthquake, the issues of inclusion of OPs and PwDs during humanitarian assistance post earthquake and how gender and ethnicity factor into the impact.

The study found that regular distribution of allowance and CASH distribution by some agencies were crucial to maintain self esteem of OPs and Person with disabilities. Nonetheless, disproportionately affected by the earthquake, OPs and person with disabilities experienced exclusion during humanitarian response/assistance due to geography, distant distribution point, data gap and blanket approach and inadequate positive discrimination by humanitarian agencies.

The participants from different government and non government organizations and media raised their concerns on inclusion of Sex/Gender Based Violence issues to be covered in the study along with pointing out priority areas for intervention, further research and advocacy.

Mr. Subedi, NFDN concluding the program said, “The humanitarian and development agencies should acknowledge the knowledge possessed by and expertise of civil society. To have inclusive society, in line with recommendations made by the research, a collaborative effort is to be made by all while acknowledging strength of civil society.”