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International Workshop on Strengthening the Role of Local Authorities to Build Disaster Resilient Communities

Period2018
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Coordinator centre : European Natural Disasters Training Centre
 
 
 

Project background

The local authorities have a vital role in dealing with DRR because the impact of all disasters is local. So it is important to define and strengthen the role of the local authority to build disaster resilient communities. It is also emphasized that local governments need to get ready, reduce the risks and become resilient to disasters through the Making Cities Resilient Campaign of UNISDR. There are five cities (Antalya, Kocaeli, Yalova, Gaziantep and İstanbul) within the campaign in Turkey. So, it is aimed at gathering the representatives of municipalities and provincial directorates of Ministries to share best practices, to discuss key issues such as urban risk, city planning, education and awareness for building resilient communities by organizing a workshop. It is also planned to invite a representative from UNISDR and also from other countries to share their best practices.

Most significant achievements

European Natural Disasters Training Centre - Turkey :

The “Workshop on The Role of Local Authorities in the Building of Disaster Resilient Communities” was held on May 10-11, 2018 in the Kocaeli province. The aim of the workshop was to better define and empower the role of local authorities and in order to raise awareness within the scope of the “Making Cities Resilient” campaign launched by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). During the workshop, which aimed at contributing to institutional capacity strengthening, relevant groups came together to discuss the problems encountered in Turkey in a multi-dimensional and disciplinary manner and to make solution recommendations after listening to the presentations about the “formation of resilient cities”.

The participants included the Governor of Kocaeli, the Mayor of the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality and the President of AFAD, as well as representatives from the UN (Portugal-Amadora province representative, Italy-Potenza province representative), the Ministry of Development, the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and Kocaeli University; experts from the Ankara, İstanbul, Antalya, Gaziantep, Kocaeli and Yalova Municipalities, and from the Provincial Directorates of AFAD, Provincial Environment and Urbanization Directorates, and Regional State Hydraulic Works (DSI) Directorates.

The booklet of Best Practices for Disaster Resilient Communities was prepared and distributed during the Workshop. The report on project activities can be found here.

Expected results

Expected results year 1

European Natural Disasters Training Centre - Turkey :

Specific objectives 2018

  • Effective interaction between local authorities.
  • Sharing best practices.
  • Improve the innovative projects to define and implement local actions related to disaster resilience.

Expected results 2018

The workshop report and the booklet of best practices will be shared with local authorities for ​extending the implementation of the campaign nationwide building disaster resilient communities.

  • Evaluate the current situation and sharing best practices.
  • Extend the implementation of the campaign nationwide building disaster resilient communities.
  • Strengthen the coordination between local authorities.
  • Encourage the Municipalities to develop work related to DRR

AFEM

European Natural Disasters Training Centre - Turkey



Deliverables year 1

  • Workshop report
  • Booklet of best practices

Activities year 1

  • Identify the workshop’s location – It is planned to organize the workshop in Antalya.
  • Identify participants – It is planned to invite the representatives of local authorities (municipalities and provincial directorates of Ministries) from 5 cities (Antalya, Kocaeli, Yalova, Gaziantep and İstanbul), a representative from UNISDR to present the campaign details, representatives from other countries to present their best practices.
  • Preparation of workshop visual materials: design of banner, announcements, brochures, invitations, etc.
  • Preparation of technical details:  simultaneous translation, determination of the technical infrastructure existing and usable in the space, preparation of the list of technical materials additionally provided from outside.
  • Preparation of technical equipment: roll-up, flag, name tag, folder, pen, note book, USB, participation certificate etc.
  • Arranging travel expenses of participants: Travel to-from Antalya, transfer for Antalya to-from the hotel etc.

European Natural Disasters Training Centre - Turkey



Deliverables year 1


  • Workshop report
  • Booklet of best practices

Activities year 1


  • Identify the workshop’s location – It is planned to organize the workshop in Antalya.
  • Identify participants – It is planned to invite the representatives of local authorities (municipalities and provincial directorates of Ministries) from 5 cities (Antalya, Kocaeli, Yalova, Gaziantep and İstanbul), a representative from UNISDR to present the campaign details, representatives from other countries to present their best practices.
  • Preparation of workshop visual materials: design of banner, announcements, brochures, invitations, etc.
  • Preparation of technical details:  simultaneous translation, determination of the technical infrastructure existing and usable in the space, preparation of the list of technical materials additionally provided from outside.
  • Preparation of technical equipment: roll-up, flag, name tag, folder, pen, note book, USB, participation certificate etc.
  • Arranging travel expenses of participants: Travel to-from Antalya, transfer for Antalya to-from the hotel etc.

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