Recently, 10 Afghan citizens representing government and civil society (community development councils and non-government organizations/NGOs), joined a ‘technical transfer’ workshop about hazard mapping and disaster risk reduction (DRR) that was organized by CWS Japan in collaboration with Japan Conservation Engineers Co. Ltd. and funded by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During their time in Tokyo, participants leaned about key DRR mechanisms in Japan, and worked on developing the technical skills need to create hazard maps, including QGIS and risk analysis.
An overarching aim of the this DRR initiative is to introduce “map culture” in Afghanistan so both government and civil society can better anticipate and understand disaster risks in order to mitigate and prevent catastrophic impact when disasters do, inevitably, occur. This planning model is prioritized within the Sendai Framework for DRR, which Japan is strongly committed to support, and the CWS Japan-JCE effort is designed to support this preparedness, reduction and mitigation process in a meaningful, feasible and sustainable way for Afghanistan.
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