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7th Khoryug Conference on Disaster Management for Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries with Focus on Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction at Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath, 21st - 24th March 2016

National Institute of Disaster Management as the technical partner provided guidance and conducted training during the Khoryug conference held at the Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath, from March 21-24 March 2016 on the theme of Disaster Preparedness and Risk reduction. This initiative of NIDM is in line with one of the activities envisaged under Priority Action 3 of "Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-30", namely 'To protect or support protection of cultural' and collecting institutions and other sites of historical, cultural heritage and religious interest.

The primary goal of the conference, chaired by the 17th Karmapa was to initiate disaster preparedness and risk reduction training for monks and nuns. With this training monasteries and nunneries are expected to become equipped with effective disaster management plans and knowledge and ultimately supply first responders and educators to their local communities.

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A Presentation cum Discussion Session on the Deliverables developed under Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Study, National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP)-NIDM, 17th March 2016

NIDM is implementing "PDNA Study for India" under NCRMP, assisted by the World Bank. The objective of this study is to evolve standardized tools and techniques based on scientific approach for conducting PDNA in India. The study is based on a multi-hazard approach and facilitates establishing a robust post disaster needs assessment mechanism in India for accurate and holistic accounting of damage and losses due to a disaster, in all affected sectors. It also facilitates the creation of a pool of PDNA professionals at central and state levels, to build capacity in the country to independently conduct holistic PDNA.

In this context a presentation cum discussion session was organized on 17th March 2016 at Conference Hall, NIDM from 11 Hrs to 13:30 Hrs, with the aim to share the outputs developed under the study with the decision makers, technical experts and opening it up for discussion. The session was attended by elite gathering from organizations such as Ministry of Home Affairs, The World Bank, NDMA, Technical Steering Committee Members, United Nations Development Programme, Indian Council of Agricultural Research - Indian Agricultural Research Institute and NIDM chaired by Prof. Santosh Kumar, Project Director, NCRMP-NIDM and Executive Director, NIDM. Several suggestions and views were received from the participants fulfilling the fundamental purpose of the session and further these would be compiled and utilized for the finalization of the deliverables developed under the study of PDNA.

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