Kathmandu, November 29: The fourth workshop of the Asia Shelter Forum organized here today has stressed on the necessary cooperation between the countries in the Asia Pacific region in case of disasters.
As the countries in the region face disasters quite regularly, the member countries need to work together to tackle the problems and try to find effective ways on the post-disaster recovery and the reconstruction of housing.
The day-long virtual workshop was being organized in aegis of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) with support from Housing Recovery and Reconstruction Platform (HRRP), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the European Union (EU), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Habitat for Humanity and the NGO Federation.
The workshop was organized to share experiences on post-disaster recovery and reconstruction in the Asia region. NRA Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyewali inaugurated the workshop chaired by Dr. Ramesh Prasad Singh, Secretary at the Ministry of Urban Development.
The third such workshop of the Forum held last year in Indonesia had decided to hold the fourth one in Nepal. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the workshop was organized virtually this time.
If the situation improves, the in-person weekly program will be held in Kathmandu in March 2021.
During the workshop, the experts and various stakeholders shared their experiences in their respective countries on the post-disaster recovery and reconstruction and discussed ways to collaborate in case of disasters in the region in the future.
This Forum is a platform for the practitioners working in the post-disaster housing reconstruction from all over the Asia Pacific region to come together and share their experiences and enhance their knowledge on the issue.
The Forum is also a networking opportunity for people working in the disaster recovery and reconstruction to inform them about solutions to solve problems and provide necessary technical assistance.