The Fourth meeting of the Coordination Council for the World Bank program “Strengthening financial sustainability and accelerating disaster risk reduction in Central Asia” was held

On March 6, 2024, the Fourth Meeting of the Coordination Council was held under the moderation of the Center within the framework of the Program “Strengthening Financial Sustainability and Accelerating Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia” (FSADRR), funded by the European Union. Program stakeholders such as the European Union, the World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), members of the Regional Science and Technology Council, as well as the national coordinators of the Sendai Framework discussed the results achieved, as well as actions that need to be taken to further strengthening countermeasures in the region.

The FSESRR program began in 2019 and has since supported five Central Asian countries—Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan—to improve financial resilience, strengthen adaptive social protection mechanisms, and plan investments that take into account risk information to build the region's resilience to disasters and climate change.

Among other tasks, the Program produced the first single regional multi-hazard risk assessment: the assessment included a consolidated review for all five countries, as well as a series of capacity-building workshops on disaster risk financing and hazard, exposure and vulnerability assessment. The results of this work will be taken into account in national investment decisions in subsequent years.

During the discussion of issues, special attention of RNTS members, as representatives of the scientific community, was paid to the exchange of experience in the study of hazardous natural processes and phenomena, including the reduction of seismic risk in the Central Asian region and the need to implement measures to integrate early warning and earthquake warning systems.

Chairman of the RNTS Moldobekov B. D. positively assessed the results of the work of the RNTS and noted the need to strengthen efforts to assist in strengthening regional scientific and technical cooperation between emergency departments of the countries of Central Asia, international and non-governmental organizations, scientific and educational institutions in the field of disaster risk reduction, prevention and liquidation of emergency situations.

Following the meeting, the Coordination Council approved the minutes of the third meeting, held on March 1, 2023.