Integrated Disaster Risk Management Plan (IDRMP) for Guyana

Georgetown, Guyana , June 12th, 2013 (CDC) - The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) conducted a successful workshop on the draft Integrated Disaster Risk Management Plan (IDRMP) at its Thomas Lands, Headquarters in Georgetown on June 11, 2013. The development of an IDRM Plan and Strategy for Guyana comes under Component 2 of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded project: Strengthening National and Local capacities for Integrated Disaster Risk Management. The workshop’s objectives were to present the IDRMP and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to offer comments and suggestions for the document, according to Deputy Director General, CDC, Col Francis Abraham.



Declaring the workshop open, Director General CDC, Col (retired) Chabilall Ramsarup highlighted the importance of being prepared for any possible disaster, noting that the CDC has moved from just responding to disasters to having a comprehensive disaster risk management (CDM) plan. He said that previously held consultations have resulted in various suggestions and input from stakeholders, and these will be incorporated into the final draft of the vital documents with assistance from the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) and the Inter-American Development Bank. “Various sectors and regions have submitted, or are in the process of completing and submitting their Disaster Response Plans, and all should be completed by year end”.

The workshop facilitator, consultant Evan Green a Canadian disaster risk management specialist, pointed out that Guyana and its respective sector agencies should be able to view the draft Integrated Disaster Risk Management Plan (IDRMP) as a “One Stop Shop” document. This, he said, would enable stakeholders to deal with any, “foreseeable disaster locally in any community, region or even on a countrywide scale.” Green noted that estimates put the losses from floods annually in Guyana at US $150 million annually by 2030, and all possible measures to alleviate this and other possible disasters must be put in place.

The workshop covered in detail, the vision, goal, strategic objectives; expected outcomes and activities for risk identification, prevention, mitigation, risk transfer, preparedness/response and recovery of the IDRMP. Possible implementation strategies via suggested projects were also reviewed by participants.

In closing the workshop, Col. Ramsarup said that the next step in the process will be to conduct an open public forum for further discussions on the draft IDRMP. Once this is concluded, the final document will be sent to Cabinet for approval before its measures and policies are implemented. He stressed that interested persons and other stakeholders can access the relevant information via the CDC’s website and offer any relevant suggestions to the final document.

 

Director General of CDC Col Ret’d. Chabilall Ramsarup addressing stakeholders at the workshop for the Review and Discussion of the Draft National Integrated Disaster Risk  Management Plan and Strategy Consultant Evan Green addressing stakeholders at the Workshop for the Review and  Discussion of the Draft National Integrated Disaster Risk Management Plan  and Strategy for Guyana Plenary group of stakeholders at Workshop for the Review and Discussion of the  Draft National Integrated Disaster Risk Management Plan and Strategy for Guyana
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