Strategic Support to Operationalizing the Road Map towards a safer Sri Lanka

What is the project about?

"Road Map for Disaster Risk Management - Towards a Safer Sri Lanka" was the vision document that was formulated by the Ministry of Disaster Management. In 2008, UNDP undertook the responsibility to assist the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) and other stakeholders to operationalize this document. It is funded by three main donors; Bureau for Crisis Prevention (BCPR), AusAID and USAID.

This project aimed to build capacity and help create an environment where the Government of Sri Lanka is capable of handling disaster emergencies effectively and carry out ways to reduce the high risk of disasters. The main technical agencies, namely, Department of Meteorology, National Building Research Organization (NBRO) and other technical agencies working in the area of Disaster Management worked closely with the Disaster Management Centre through the project. The project was able to bring key stakeholders together, identify areas and methods which would reduce the risk posed by natural disasters be incorporated into the development plan.

UNDP has been able to work closely with government and other implementing agencies in order to facilitate the development of systems that are now able to deal with natural disasters. The technical know-how and other necessary resources are now available for these authorities to handle emergency situations effectively, while measures were also taken to raise awareness amongst people on how to act in case of a disaster.

 UNDP also helped formulate profiles of hazards that affect the island so that ways to adapt to these hazards could also be developed.  The project promoted research and education in relation to  managing disasters so that people could be better prepared in the face of a disaster and local early warning systems could also work more effectively.

A component of this project also involved strengthening Disaster Management capacities in the conflict affected Northern and Eastern provinces to compliment the development efforts being carried out by the Government.

What have we accomplished so far

Major achievements so far include:

Hazard Profile Development, a document entailing information about the nine major hazards that are prevalent in Sri Lanka, where they are most likely to occur, how to combat their after effects and other such information, was published.

National Emergency Operations Plan which set out the Standard Operations Procedures has been finalized.

The Drought Adaptation Programme which raised awareness many about the different types of drought, their causes and ways to minimize and mitigate the effects of drought was completed.

An Integrated Strategic Environmental Assessment (ISEA) was completed for the North, which is now being replicated in in Uva and Gampaha areas. These studies,  completed by various government agencies, map out all the environmental factors in the area serves as a exceptional developmental planning tool.

Building Guidelines that outline the most effective ways of building infrastructure that will be able to withstand more strongly against natural disasters, such as floods, has been published.

Incorporation of safe housing construction techniques in construction fields through a series of training and awareness programmes for technical officers.

Production of a handbook on "how to make your house safe for natural disasters" developed to enhance the knowledge on safe housing construction in hazard prone areas.

Promoting Disaster Risk Reduction through research institutions and schools that educate the general public on ways to minimize the risk posed by natural disasters.

Supplementary Reading Materials regarding hazards, their causes and ways on how to deal with them have been published.

100 welfare centers' structural safety assessed and basic facilities upgraded.

Development plans for 100 villages carried out in Northern and Eastern provinces that include indigenous knowledge on local hazards, emerging opportunities in livelihood as a result of rapid development and scientific approaches in land use.

Development of database (iBASE) to store, retrieve and share information among interested parties at district level. This can be used by officials of district planning units as a planning tool to support sustainable development.

The Kindiliya rain water preservation project has been completed successfully and is being used as a model to replicate in other areas. Projects have commenced in three locations in the Kurunegala District with the technical assistance of the Department of Agrarian Development.

Who finances it

Donor name           
Amount contributed - USD
UN-BCPR 2,000,000
AusAID 876,753

Delivery in previous fiscal year

UN-BCPR 107,687 USD 808,125 USD 489,862 USD 462,522 USD 1,868,196 USD
AusAID       632,320 USD 632,320 USD
Total       1,094,842 USD 2,500,516 USD

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