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    Posted: 19 Nov 2010 at 4:01pm

Incheon Declaration on DRR: Moving ahead into action

 
On 28th October, 2010, at a glittering closing ceremony, the Administrator of NEMA, Korea, Mr Park read out the Incheon declaration on DRR, which the Ministers and heads of delegation had debated and approved at three intense high level round tables held on the preceding two days.
 

The full text of the declaration and the road map can be downloaded from <http://www.amcdrrkorea.org/7/7-1.asp?c_no=558>

 

For all our forum members and others I am reproducing below extracts of some of the key sections of the declaration as follows:
 

"Incheon Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia and the Pacific 2010

 
We, the Heads of Governments, the Ministers, and the Heads of Delegations of the countries of Asia and the Pacific, attending the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster

Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in Incheon, Republic of Korea, on 25-28 October 2010;

Realizing the need to scale up commitments, including technical and financial assistance from donor countries and international organizations, and to promote innovative approaches to reduce disaster risk to achieve the goals of both the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005 – 2015:Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters (HFA), and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG);Appreciating the theme and objectives of the Fourth AMCDRR: “Disaster Risk Reduction through Climate Change Adaptation” and the messages of the Ministerial Statements; 

 
DO HEREBY call on various DRR stakeholders: 
 
On raising awareness and building capacity for DRR and CCA: 

To improve understanding of DRR as delivering evidence-based adaptation actions and strengthen knowledge on climate hazards, vulnerabilities, and risks in key socio-ecological system; to promote and support DRR and CCA training for government and other stakeholders; to implement awareness raising programmes at all levels on the costs and benefits of CCA options and those provided by ecosystem services for DRR and CCA; to develop a strong communication plan on national priorities on DRR and CCA to be reached out to governments at sub-national and local level including cities; to promote awareness of DRR and CCA for development stakeholders and communities at risk; to promote multi-hazard risk assessments and capacities in local settlements; to build capacity on identifying and protecting local natural ecosystems recognizing their importance as buffers to climate change risks; to strengthen education and training programmes for DRR and CCA focal persons; to promote and facilitate the funding of joint DRR and CCA projects from existing and new funding sources; and to promote child-and-people-centered education for community preparedness and risk reduction; 

 
On developing and sharing information, technology, sound practices, and lessons learned in climate and disaster risk management:  
To collect sound practices and lessons learned in DRR and CCA; to develop a platform for sharing information, technologies and sound practices in DRR and CCA; to promote sharing early warning information and systems through strengthening existing mechanisms; to collect, analyze and share information on emerging risks and vulnerability; to increase availability of user-friendly climate information at all scales for community action; to conduct harmonized regional and sub-regional high-level meetings to share experiences and promote integration of DRR and CCA; and to use South-South cooperation, including triangular, among countries of the Asia and the Pacific region. 
 
On promoting integration of DRR and CCA into development for green growth: 

To promote the adoption of standard hazard profiles for use by all national and regional stakeholders in development planning processes; to promote integration of DRR and CCA in urban development, land use planning and physical planning; to promote the increased investments on DRR and CCA; to implement joint DRR and CCA projects in selected countries for selected development sectors promoted by partners; to promote integration of DRR and CCA into development processes; to promote the decoupling of the increase of disaster exposure from economic growth; to promote with local governments the incorporation of risk reduction in planning and zoning regulations, building regulations especially for communities at highest level of exposure; and to initiate development of guidelines for policymakers for integrating DRR and CCA into development, and to enhance linkages between DRR and CCA institutions at the national level. "

 
To complement the declaration and make it actionable, the conference endorsed a road map of actions to be implemented called the "Incheon Regional Roadmap on DRR through CCA in Asia and the Pacific” (Incheon REMAP)" 
 
I will give more details on this in a subsequent post on the subject.
 
There was a third document prepared called the Action plan to implement the Incheon declaration and REMAP, the first draft of which was prepared at the earlier preparatory meetings. The AMC DRR called on and invited NEMA, Republic of Korea and UNISDR AP in collaboration with members of the IAP to finalize the Action Plan for the Incheon REMAP by the end of March 2011. UNISDR has now initiated a process to revise the action plan and has called on all participants and partners to develop and submit project ideas fro inclusion in the Action Plan. I will send a separate post on this as well soon.

 

The AMCDRR and the Incheon declaration recognized the leadership of the Governments of People’s Republic of China, India and Malaysia in hosting the First, Second and Third AMCDRR including the implementation by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)  Asia Partnership on Disaster Risk Reduction (IAP) of the activities called for by the Beijing Declaration 2005, the Delhi Declaration 2007, and the Kuala Lumpur Declaration 2008; and reaffirmed the commitment on the HFA Implementation Regional Action Plan  (HIRAP ) 2009-2015 to implement the above mentioned Ministerial Declarations; and further called on international organizations and regional institutions to provide technical, operational and programmatic supports to accelerate the implementation of the HFA in Asia and the Pacific countries, especially the national action plans on DRR. I will write a separate post on this soon. 

 
I will end with quoting a sentence from the inspiring address that the Honble Prime Minister of Bhutan said to us on the opening day : ' I urge you to engage in some serious reflection on how a more holistic, sustainable and happy life can be achieved without pushing nature beyond her capacity to give.   Unless we get away from the mockery we make of our genuine need to slow global warming and move away from moral and political platitudes, we will not even be able to agree on the nature of the threats, much less arrive at a consensus for the urgently needed solutions and their financing. Let us, at this conference in our region, try and demonstrate a greater sense of responsibility and solidarity"
 
The message from our leaders is clear. There is a huge responsibility on the delegations from 48 countries and several supporting international organizations and UN agencies, regional institutions, civil society organizations , technical institutions and networks to focus and contribute to implementing the ambitious goals we have set for ourselves in the next 5 years in this most populous and disaster prone region of the world. For all of us who attended, and those who didn’t but seek guidance from such events and outcomes, we have to roll up our sleeves and get to work.
 
I look forward to getting this forum to patiently catalyze discussion on how to move ahead. Do report on what works and don’t be afraid to share problems on which solutions are needed. Among this community of optimistic practitioners, there will surely be somebody who has found some answers to your questions and is willing to lighten your burden.

 

Warmly,

 
LOY REGO

 

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