Coordination of Afghan Relief (CoAR) - Inauguration of Disaster Risk Reduction Book in Afghanistan


Kabul, Afghanistan


The inaugural ceremony of DRR-BOOK in Afghanistan entitled “Integrate Disaster Risk Reduction in Every Development Program” commenced with the lighting of lamp by a group of dignitaries by CoAR and SHARQ Institute of Higher Education personnel with the great help of ANDMA, WFP and UNICEF.


This book was published based on the recent strong evidence, both globally and in Afghanistan that there is an increase in both the observed frequency and intensity of weather- and climate-related hazards. These increasing trends, which are consistent with those anticipated as a result of global warming, have important implications for disaster risks. Weather-related disaster risks are increasing, with more devastating impacts on communities than expected. Moreover, there is also growing evidence that, at least in the short to medium term, many important impacts of climate change may manifest themselves through a change in the frequency, intensity or duration of extreme events. Thus, while responses to climate change may initially have been framed by a longer-term outlook, there is now at least as much emphasis on the present and immediate future. Similarly, the disaster risk management community is moving rapidly from looking only at historic and current risk, to considering future risks.


Therefore responding to the future changes in extreme events will require bolstering disaster risk management as a first line of defense, along with disaster preparedness and response in Afghanistan and this book is a guide for the DRM personals whom are involved in the DRR activities within their communities, to improve their knowledge regarding the DRM, though this book is distributed to all governmental, UN agencies and International and National NGO staffs throughout the country and translated into both Persian and Pashto languages.

Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network is a network consists of 52 national and international NGOs from more than 20 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. With a strong footprint in the region, the network members are constantly engaged with local communities strengthening their ability to combat disasters, providing humanitarian aid like food, water, shelter and health care, protecting critical facilities like schools and hospitals, creating awareness, advocating for policy changes and improving the capacity of community based organizations.

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