Resilient City Programme, Sri Lanka - Disaster Risk Management Training Program for Local Government Councils (In support of the UNISDR “Making Cities Resilient” campaign in Sri Lanka)

Sunday 11 March 2012

In support of the UNISDR “Making Cities Resilient” campaign in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Disaster Management and the Disaster Management Centre led the national launch of the “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready” campaign, in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government, the Centre for Disaster Resilience University of Salford UK, Practical Action, UNDP Sri Lanka, and UNISDR.

In March 2012, Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga, Dr Richard Haigh and Menaha Thayaparan from the Centre for Disaster Resilience, contributed to a disaster risk management training workshop for the development of an action plan for improving the disaster resilience capacity of Mannar and Eravur Urban councils and Batticaloa Municipal council. Centre for Disaster Resilience events included “Ten point checklist for  ‘resilience cities’; and “Inclusive Development to Address Disaster Risk”

The event was held from 8th – 9th March 2012 in Batticaloa,  an area devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and over 30 years of civil war.  The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Disaster Management Sri Lanka in conjunction with Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre.

Over forty Council Officers and Members attended the workshop, representing the Mannar and Eravur Urban Councils, and Batticaloa Municipal Council.  Mannar, Eravur and Batticaloa have all been selected as participating cities in the ISDR campaign, committing them to improve their knowledge in disaster risk reduction, produce strategic planning and successful processes, and join the campaign.