International Workshop-Cum-Training Programme on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation”, Mulungushi University, Kabwe, Zambia, 18- 22 May 2015

The International Workshop cum Training Programme on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation”, organized by AARDO in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Government of the Republic of Zambia at Mulungushi University, Kabwe during 18- 22 May 2015, was inaugurated by His Excellency Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO. The inaugural function was also attended by Mr. Collins Mulonda, Director of Youth, Ministry of Youth and Sport, Government of the Republic of Zambia, and Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for Southern Africa and Dr. (Ms.) Judith Ngalande Lungu, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Mulungushi University. While the prime objective of the programme was to enhance the knowledge of the participants on the concepts and critical issues of the disaster management and mitigation, the specific objectives included,among others, i) define disaster risk reduction and climate, change adaptation concepts and methodology; ii) identify roles of various stakeholders in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation activities; and iii) share experiences in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

The programme consisted of two parts, viz., the plenary meeting and field visit. During the various technical sessions, pertinent issues such as Disaster Risk Management as a Global Agenda: The Sendai Frame 2015-2030; Disaster Risk Reduction: Aims and Practices; Institutional Arrangements and Organizational Structures; Climate Change and Environmental Disasters & Video on Climate Change; Agriculture and Climate Change Adaptation in Zambia; Climate Change in Zambia & The REDD+ Programme; Climate Change Adaptation & DRR: Experiences from the Field were addressed by the eminent resource persons and the participants. The field visits to Makululu Township, Agricultural Income Generating Projects (Livestock and Poultry), Kabwe and Victoria Falls, Livingstone, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, provided an excellent opportunity to the participants to study and learn from the rich and varied Zambian experiences and heritage.

The programme was attended by twenty one (21) participants from fourteen (14) AARDO member countries, namely, Bangladesh, Republic of China (Taiwan), Ghana, India, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, R.O. Korea, Mauritius, Nigeria, Oman, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Zambia; and Korea Rural Community Cooperation (KRC), the associate member of AARDO.