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Community Based Capacity Building Training Course was held in Bangladesh

from: time: 2017-06-29 09:03

From June 12th-15th,the Community Based Capacity Building Training Course, a key activity of“Community Based Disaster Management in Asia Project (CBDM Asia) Phase II”, washeld in Mymensingh city, Bangladesh. The training course was co-hosted by theMinistry of Civil Affairs of China (MCA) and UK Department for InternationalDevelopment (DFID), and organized by National Disaster Reduction Center ofChina (NDRCC) of MCA, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and theGovernment of Mymensingh city. Around 37 participants attended the trainingcourse, including government officials, experts from NDRCC, UNDP Bangladesh,Mymensingh Municipality and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology(BUET) and community representatives of Ward 14, Mymensingh. The two-daytraining focused on three issues: “Community Disaster Risk Identification,Assessment and Mapping”, “Community/Family Emergency Material Allocation”, and “DisasterInformation Sharing and Service Platform”. Through theoretical lectures, hands-onpractice, field training, emergency material demonstration, Q&A discussionand other training forms, local trainees have learned theoretical and practicalknowledge in the participatory training.

Photo 1 Group Photo of Opening Ceremony

On the morningof June 13, Ms. Guan Yan, Director of International Cooperation Department,National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC) of MCA of China, AsifHossain Don, Panel Mayor -01 of Mymensingh Municipality,Arif Abdullah Khan, Disaster Resilience Programme Specialist of UNDP Bangladesh,and Md. Rafiqul Islam Miah, Executive Engineer of Mymensingh Municipality,attended the opening ceremony on June 13thand delivered speeches.

Photo 2 Opening Ceremony

After theopening ceremony, the risk mapping research team introduced the method ofcommunity disaster risk identification and mapping from the following fivesteps as basic data preparation, evaluation unit division, on-site informationcollection, community disaster risk assessment and community disaster riskmapping, and then elaborated the marking of risk map elements. In theafternoon, the trainees were divided into five groups and went to the fiveevaluation units of Ward14 community to carry out household survey and riskinformation collection, to get more information about the local hazards,emergency shelters, evacuation routes and risks level of buildings, etc. After completingrisk information collection, the risk mapping training team has given further elaborationon risk grading and mapping and held Q&A discussion with trainees about thedifficulties they met during risk collection and mapping.

Photo 3 Training on the “RiskIdentification, Assessment and Mapping”

At the sametime, the emergency materials research team and information platform researchteam carried out site investigation in Ward 14 to further collect informationon local disaster situation, current supply of emergency materials and thedeployment environment of information platform, etc.

Photo 4 Information collected by Emergencymaterials research team

On the morningof June 14th, the emergency materials research team first introduced theprinciples of community / family emergency material allocation and the draftlist of emergency supplies recommendations in Bangladesh, and then presentedthe function, characteristics and necessities of each emergency item in theform of physical presentation combined with picture display. After that, the trainersdiscussed with the Bangladesh trainees about the allocation status and needs ofthese emergency items in the local community and families and collected theirsuggestions for the emergency supplies list.

Photo 5 Training on the “Community/FamilyEmergency Materials”

Afterwards, theinformation platform research team gave a detailed presentation about thefunctions and operation of Disaster Information Sharing and Learning Platform(website and APP versions). Trainees downloaded the APP to their cell phones topractice, gaining first-hand and intuitive experience of the modules andcontents of the information platform. The research team also gave professionaltraining to the local IT technical staff on system operation.

Photo 6 Training on the“Information Platform”

In the ClosingCeremony, trainees received the training certificates and some were invited toshare their experiences and suggestions about the training. Then the NationalDisaster Reduction Center of Ministry of Civil Affairs of China presented the familyemergency supplies kit to the representative of Mymensingh Municipality.

Photo 7  Closing Ceremony

During thetraining, Chinese mission held work meetings with Mr. A.K.M Tariqul Alam, ChiefExecutive Officer of Mymensingh Municipality to discuss the local applicationof project outcomes and exchanged opinions with Mr. Md. Ekramul Haque Titu, Mayorof Mymensingh Municipality. The Risk Mapping research team and BangladeshUniversity of Engineering and Technology shared the methodology and progress ofrisk mapping of each side for potential collaboration.

Photo 8 Group photo of the ClosingCeremony

This training isone of the best practices of National Disaster Reduction Center of Ministry ofCivil Affairs of China in overseas practical training. The training team gathereda lot of information about the local context and the trainees and made targetedadjustment in the training program and methods, getting fully prepared beforethe training. To accommodate the needs of trainees in terms of language anddisaster management knowledge, English-Bengali interpretation and translationwas provided throughout the training and all the sessions were designed in aninteractive and practical way, so as to ensure the best possible delivery ofknowledge and skills. After the training, the training team collectedevaluation feedbacks and suggestions from trainees to further improve the researchoutputs. This training has verified that project outputs are both practical andapplicable. It is an opportunity for China and Bangladesh to share more on DRRtechnologies and consolidate the partnerships for future collaboration.