Global Fund for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank and CESDRR Launched a Joint Implementation of a Regional Program funded by the European Union

Considering that the people of Central Asia are exposed to natural hazards that result in significant financial and economic losses, and in order to increase the resilience of Central Asian countries to disasters, as part of a four-year program “Strengthening Financial Resilience and Accelerating Risk Reduction in Central Asia”, funded by the European Union and managed by the Global Fund for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Bank, in coordination with the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction (CESDRR), initiated the first step of its implementation.

The goal of the Program is to strengthen the resilience of Central Asian countries to disaster and climate risks through ensuring financial resilience to disasters and identifying risks, as well as improving disaster risk management (DRM).

According to the Activity 3-1 of the Program implementation, a disaster risk assessment meeting was held on December 6, 2019 at the CESDRR – one of the first meetings in the framework of regional cooperation.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the European Union, the World Bank, the Center and members of the Regional Scientific and Technical Council of Central Asian countries.

The participants got acquainted with the general structure of the Program and its components, which are aimed at improving understanding, quantification of disaster risks and climate risks in the region, and discussed the proposed scope of the regional disaster risk assessment.

Partners from international organizations shared their global experience in implementing similar projects and their expectations from collaboration.

Based on the results of the Program, all Central Asian countries will be able to derive significant benefits from the regional approach to emergency management and disaster risk financing.