National and International Disaster Management Agencies Enhance Their Cooperation

Friday 17 February 2017

Phnom Penh, 16 February 2017 - More than a hundred representatives from the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) and development partners implementing disaster management (DM) in Cambodia met and discussed today at a consultative workshop at Cambodiana hotel, Phnom Penh.

The full-day workshop, organized by NCDM and funded by Save the Children and other NGOs, aimed to promote information sharing among disaster management actors and enhance cooperation between NCDM and its organizational partners in implementation of disaster management in Cambodia. It also aimed to share information on the status of the dissemination and implementation of the government’s disaster management law and seek for agreement on the way forward.

Speaking at the workshop, Elizabeth Pearce, Country Director of Save the Children in Cambodia and co-chair of the Joint Action Group (JAG) highlighted that since JAG’s founding in 2008, JAG has provided strategic guidance and essential inputs that together have built the groundwork for a coordinated disaster risk reduction (DRR) sector that effectively mitigates risks.

Ms Elizabeth Pearce, Country Director of Save the Children in Cambodia.

“JAG works in close collaboration with the Humanitarian Response Forum to bridge the gap between risk reduction, preparedness and emergency response. JAG members are also working closely with NCDM to disseminate and implement the Cambodian Disaster Management Law passed in 2015,” Ms Pearce said.

“We look forward to future collaboration with NCDM, the Cambodian Red Cross and civil society on all disaster risk reduction and response related activities, and also take this opportunity to again call for continued coordination in promoting disaster risk reduction and resilience work, which will in turn contribute to Cambodia’s sustainable development,” she said.

In his opening remarks, His Excellency Lam Heng Huot, Secretariat of State for NCDM, commended the fruitful collaboration between NCDM and its partner NGOs. “Disaster management and disaster risk reduction are long-term efforts requiring partnership and collaboration from all development partners, both of whom play very important roles,” he said. “However, we still have challenges ahead and areas of improvement that we need to work on.”

His Excellency Lam Heng Huot, Secretariat of State for NCDM.

Cambodia is considered one of the most hazard-prone countries in South-East Asia, with floods being one of the most major hazards. As a member of JAG, Save the Children has been working in five provinces focusing on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, as well as humanitarian response in all target areas.

For more information on Save the Children’s work on humanitarian and DRR, follow this link: https://cambodia.savethechildren.net/what-we-do/humanitarian

For more information on JAG, follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/reapchammunmahantarai/