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IORA Sustainable Developemtn Programme (ISDP) Workshop on
"Exploring Preemptive Disaster Risk Management Measures to Ensuring Human Security"
Western Coral Beach Hotel, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
20-21 April 2015


Prevention, rehabilitation and reconstruction are the ways through which natural disasters could be addressed. However, with the growing importance granted to the notion of human security, disaster risk management initiatives are required to expand their perimeters to now also include pre-emptive social measures of risk management. This planned pre-emption aims to address concerns such as health (physical, as well as psychological), social security, welfare, justice, and sustainable development of the community and of individuals.

Over the past couple of years, international organisations have started combining disaster risk management with human security concerns with the realization of the vast amount of damages that occur to the lives and livelihoods at post natural calamities, industrial accidents or terrorist attacks. Often, even though countries are able to reconstruct the infrastructure and rehabilitate communities after disasters, they are not able to reproduce the healthiness, lifestyle, dignity, opportunities, political liberties, consumer environment or relationships that existed prior to the event.

This new approach to disaster risk management calls for a greater empowerment of the local community in mitigating the disasters and risks they are themselves exposed to. In close collaboration with their governments and private sector, the local communities should engage in a sustainable pursuit of their own health, development and security. They should be in a position to self-assess their health, safety and security needs and respond to them in a timely manner with the assistance of the relevant parties. With the individuals themselves empowered, disaster risk management becomes quicker, more comprehensive and efficient.


To promote the sharing of knowledge and best practices of IORA Member States in disaster risk management.
To ensure equitable and comprehensive human coverage of disaster risk management initiatives.
To enhance the capacity for sustained human development and health post disasters.
To empower individuals to respond and deal with disasters and post-disaster social erosion.

Envisioned outcomes of the workshop

Increase awareness and understanding of the risks associated with natural and manmade hazards.
Identify strengths, weakness, and gaps in disaster risk reduction and to provide inputs that could be used for proper planning and disaster management in the Indian Ocean region.
Promoting the utilization of early warning systems in the Indian Ocean region for risks mitigation.
Increase awareness of emergency response systems, including the involvement of all related institutions, as well as the importance of women empowerment in risk reduction.
Sharing of experiences in post disaster management strategies including rehabilitation and health care systems.


09:00- 09:15 Arrival & Registration of Participants
09:15 - 09:30 Welcome Note & Special Announcement by:
- Prime Minister's Office - Disaster Management Department
- IORA Secretariat
09:30 - 10:00

Arrival of Guest of Honour, Welcoming Address & Opening Speech from:
-Acting Director, Department of Regional Cooperatioin
Director, IORA
Director, Disaster Management Department
Guest of Honour, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister's Office
Group Photo

10:00 - 10:15


10:15 - 10:20

Outline of Arrangements, Adoption of Agenda & Introduction for all Participants 

10:20 - 11:20

Discussion Session 1: Disasters Risk Management & Community Resilience


1. Mr Shingo Kochi (Expert), Japan
2. Mr Dharmendra Ellayah, Mauritius

Chair: Australia (Open Session) 

11:20 - 12:20

Discussion Session 2: Early Warming Systems for Disaster Risk Reduction


1. Mr Rusmadi, Indonesia
2. Dr Md Atiqur Rahman, Bangladesh

Chair: Tanzania (Open Session) 

12:20 - 13:20


13:20 - 14:30

Discussion Session 3: Country experiences on emergency Preparedness

Speakers: Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania

Chair: Prof V N Attri, Chair, Indian Ocean Studies 

14:30 - 15:30

Discussion Session 4: Disaster 4: Disaster Response: Search, Rescue, & Human Safety


1. Mr Triako Nurlambang (Expert), Indonesia
2. Mr Feliciano Mataveia, Mozambique

Chair: Indonesia (Open Session) 

15:30 - 15:45


15:45 - 16:45

Discussion Session 5: Women Empowerment & Disaster Risk Management


1. Mr Wilberforce Kikwasi (Expert), Tanzania
2. Mr Rohan P Samarakkhody, Sri Lanka
3. Ms Zahara Ahmed, Comoros

Chair: India (Open Session) 


09:30 - 10:30

Discussion Session 6: Post-disaster Managment & Rehabilitation


1. Mr Triako Nurlambang (Expert), Indonesia
2. Mr Shingo Kochi (Expert), Japan

Chair: Sri Lanka (Open Session)

10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 11:45

Discussion Session 7: Multisectoral Approach to human Health Care System


1. Mr Abdullah Al Amri, Yemen
2. Mr Rusmadi, Indonesia
3. Mr Rohan P Samarakkhody, Sri Lanka

Chair: Tanzania (Open Session) 

11:45 - 13:30


13:30 - 15:00

Working Session:

Recommendations, outcomes & approval of workshop report by participating Member States

Chair: Tanzania 

15:00 - 15:30

Closing Remarks

1. Closing Session: Summing up by the Host (Tanzania)
2. Remarks by IORA Secretariat
3. Vote of thanks by representative of the participants