Regulatory guide for the implementation of the national disaster risk management programme

Published: 18 March 2015 7:32 CET

By Ly Nguyen, IFRC

On March 16, the Viet Nam Red Cross Society (VNRCS), together with the Viet Nam Disaster Management Centre (DMC), organized a workshop to provide inputs for the regulatory guide (circular) on the implementation of the national community based disaster risk management (CBDRM) and community awareness raising project (project 1002).

The workshop is part of the 17-month project ending December 2015 called ‘Enhancing the capacities of disaster risk reduction (DRR) practitioners in Viet Nam through the consolidation of best practices and lessons learnt for community based disaster risk management, vulnerability capacity assessment (VCA) and disaster response mechanisms (DIPECHO 9). It was implemented by the Viet Nam Red Cross Society with support from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the German Red Cross and the Spanish Red Cross.

The project is made possible with financial support from European Union humanitarian aid and civil protection department (ECHO) as part of its strategy to document the lessons learned and support the consolidation of capacity and systems for national, provincial and district level community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) action in Viet Nam.

“Inputs from the workshop will allow organizations to better collaborate and coordinate to enhance the effectiveness of the national CBDRM programme, “ said Bui Quang Huy, the DMC deputy director, in his opening remarks at the workshop.

Forty-two representatives from the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, relevant government agencies, mass organizations and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs)  in Viet Nam attended the workshop. "This is a very important workshop that attracts the participation of NGOs as well as government agencies because it will affect many communities across Viet Nam," said Tran Quoc Hung, head of the disaster management department, VNRC.

Disability inclusion is one of the important aspects of the programme and its guidance circular. “There should be a clear guide on how the programme can incorporate people with disabilities,” said Nguyen Tuan Linh, Chairman of the Hanoi Association of the Deaf.  “For example, in emergency situations, there should be visual materials such as posters for the deaf and the illiterate, and workshops and events should arrange special equipment and facilities for people with disabilities.”

The national CBDRM programme was implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) with support from NGOs and relevant government agencies.  The VNRCS has supported MARD since 2011 with the implementation of CBDRM activities in 525 communes in Viet Nam, including VCA in over 300 communes. In 2014, the National Society issued the CBDRM Framework.