06/05/2016 15:05 GMT+7 print

More activeness needed in Vietnam’s disaster risk management

Hanoi, May 6 (VNA) – Vietnam should be proactive in disaster risk management, Deputy Director General of the Directorate of Water Resources Nguyen Van Tinh has said.

He made the remark at a workshop in Hanoi on May 5 on building the roadmap for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030.

The Sendai Framework was adopted at the third UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan, on March 18, 2015.

Dr Le Quang Tuan from the directorate’s Centre for Natural Disaster Control said the framework aims to prevent new disaster risks and mitigate existing risks through integrated measures.

It has four priorities: understanding disaster risk, strengthening disaster risk governance, investing in disaster risk reduction, and enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

In Vietnam, the focus will be on overhauling regulations, improving public awareness and community-based disaster management, and enhancing disaster forecasting, prevention and rescues.

The country will also mobilise resources for prevention efforts, while increasing disaster prevention facilities’ resilience and updating the disaster database. Information sharing, science-technology application, along with international cooperation will be stepped up, Tuan noted.