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Disaster Management in Gujarat has witnessed a paradigm shift post 2001 Bhuj Earthquake. The new approach emerged from the conviction that development is not sustainable unless Disaster Management and Mitigation are integrated into the development process. Thus, the State has witnessed a shift from relief-centric approach to pro-active approach focusing on prevention, mitigation, preparedness and coordinated response.
Further, in 2015, three interlinked landmark international agreements viz. (1) Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR); (2) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); (3) Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP 21) were formalised to bring countries together and guide them towards comprehensive and inclusive sustainable development. Since, India is signatory to these international agreements, GIDM aims to implement it by strengthening existing local mechanisms to reduce the disaster risk and enhance early warning and preparedness for effective response, and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
The loss of life and property and the challenges that we are facing in the aftermath disasters exhibited the need for joint efforts, coordination and cooperation of all the stakeholders for capacity building to substantially reduce losses from for the Gujarat.
I believe, that it is our duty to provide a platform for sharing of knowledge and experiences for human resource development, public education and community awareness to build a resilient society.
I urge all the stakeholders to participate in initiatives of creating awareness for disaster risk reduction at all level.