Policymakers, int’l agencies stress systematic approach

  • post-disaster rebuilding
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 25, 2015-

Rehabilitation and reconstruction works in the post-disaster scenario in Nepal could prove herculean unless the government comes up with an immediate work plan and policy giving due attention to disaster risk-resistance measures, experts and policy makers have said.

They have warned that numerous other factors, including constraints of human and technical resources, lack of elected local bodies, capacity gap at the frontline office, ineffective coordination between governmental and non-governmental partners and inconsistencies in the building code and its non-compliance, could also emerge as major hindrances.

Speaking about the challenges and prospect of reconstruction and development of disaster-resilient society at a programme organised by Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) on Monday, policymakers said there is a need of urgent cooperation and effective coordination between national and international partners while carrying out reconstruction and development works.  

Som Lal Subedi, secretary of Ministry of Local Development, said the focus should be in rebuilding “from the bottom” by empowering local bodies.  Stressing on need of learning from disaster-hit countries, policy makers said there should be promotion of local resources and knowledge in reconstruction works. They also said that the government should immediately ensure effective implementation of the Building Code. National Planning Commission member Govinda Nepal said the prospect of building disaster-resilient society is huge despite problems. Representative of international agencies, including Asian Development Bank, UNDP and Jica, said they are committed to help Nepal.

Masami Fuwa of Jica said as the quake-hit people are already starting to rebuild their houses, villagers should be encouraged to use local resources without compromising the safety.

 

Published: 26-05-2015 06:58

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