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Experts for building disaster-resilient future generation

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Staff Reporter
Experts at a conference in Dhaka on Tuesday stressed building the future generation resilient to disasters, aiming to face growing natural and manmade calamities like cyclone, flood, draught, structure collapse and earthquake.
They said though the rate of poverty has been decreased, the number of poor people remains almost the same, making it essential to build the new generation capable to cope with disasters.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) and South Asia Partnership (SAP)-Bangladesh jointly organized the two-day international conference on ‘Community Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building’ at a city hotel.
Mohammad Abdul Qayyum, additional secretary and National Program Director (NPD) of Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP)-II; DAM executive director Dr M Ehsanur Rahman; executive director of South Asia Partnership (SAP) Bangladesh Syed Nurul Alam; director of Regional Centre for Asia of International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) Marissa B Espineli; project manager of NGO Disaster Preparedness Program of IIRR Wilson John D Barbon, and director of Disaster Preparedness Program of Give2Asia Matt Grager spoke at the conference.
“It has been a long-time philosophy of IIRR that the poor people have the inherent capacity to release themselves from poverty,” said Marrissa B Espineli.
Matt Grager said the intention of this conference is to highlight and recognize local disaster preparedness actions of Bangladesh NGOs.
The objective of the conference is to identify the key indicators in measuring successful community-level DRR, exchange the achieved experience among the participants, and set up the work plan.
Representatives from different local and international organizations participated in the conference.