A Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) training, aimed at establishing a national cadre for Officials to undertake needs assessment and formulate recovery frameworks in Mauritius,kicked off yesterday at La Canelle, Domaine Les Pailles.

The Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Etienne Sinatambou, the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Mauritius and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ms Marjaana Sall, the Acting United Nations Resident Coordinator, Dr Laurent Musango, and other personalities were present at the opening.

In his address, Minister Sinatambou highlighted that Mauritius remains the 13th country with the highest disaster risk and the seventh most exposed to natural hazards according to the World Risk Report 2017. The development of the PDNA training and Disaster Recovery Framework Guides represent a unique outcome towards a harmonised and standardised approach in government-led efforts to estimate the needs for recovery after a disastrous event and to plan and implement recovery strategies,he pointed out.

The training, the Minister underscored, will contribute in ensuring a better post disaster needs assessment for the benefit of the country and will render the Mauritian society more disaster resilient, in conformity with the 2015-2030 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. He made an appeal to participants to make judicious use of this opportunity so as to pave the way for a better future for Mauritius.

For her part, Ambassador Sall, remarked that the training is particularly relevant to Mauritius and Rodrigues which face natural hazards such as cyclones and flash floods. The PDNA is the first step towards developing a holistic recovery programme that promotes equity and inclusion, she stated.

The United Nations remains committed to support the Mauritian Government in the implementation of the Sendai Framework, said the Acting United Nations Resident Coordinator, Dr Musango, in his speech. He further commended the authorities’ keen interest in pursuing efforts to build resilience.

PDNA training

The five-day training is organised by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The training aims at informing high level management and technical staff from the Mauritian Government of the benefits of applying a standardised approach and methodology to conduct post disaster needs assessments, formulate a recovery strategy and plan for its successful implementation. Resource persons are from the UNDP and the European Union.

Source: Government of Mauritius