Africa, Europe share disaster risk reduction experiences
Disaster risk managers from Africa have been participating in a five-day study tour in Europe this week organised by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and CIMA Research Foundation, a non-profit research organization founded by the Italian Civil Protection Department.
Participants come from the disaster management agencies of Angola, Ethiopia, United Republic of Tanzania, Rwanda, and Zambia accompanied by experts from the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the Africa Union Commission.
The study tour included visits to civil protection facilities in Brussels, Rome and Genoa and is focussed on impact based Early Warning Systems, preparedness and emergency response, roles and responsibilities.
Sharing his thoughts on the study tour, Mr. Gatkouth Kai Bol Kai, of the African Union Commission stated: “This experience means a lot to us, because we want to learn from different systems in Europe. We have seen the level of sophistication that exists in European countries and the complexity of the systems, and how they are made operable and effective. We want to understand how to adapt this to our situation. Our role is to understand how to develop and establish these systems where they are not present yet. There is also another important aspect to consider: in fact, sharing experiences allows us to avoid mistakes”.
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