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Stakeholders’ Consultation Workshop for the Updation of City Disaster Management Plan (CDMP), Shimla

Doers has been assigned by the Municipal Corporation, Shimla to update the City Disaster Management Plan (CDMP) and formulate a city-level Fire Disaster Management Plan (FDMP). To incorporate the views of the major actors in disaster risk management, the MC Shimla and Doers jointly organized a half-day Stakeholders' Consultation Workshop on 18 March 2021 aimed at the updation of the CDMP and formulation of the FDMP. The workshop was chaired by Mr. Ajit Bhardwaj, Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Shimla. About 30 participants from different government departments such as the Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (HPSDMA), District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh Fire Services, Shimla Jal Prabandhan Nigam Ltd., Shimla Smart City Project, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. and non-governmental organizations like State Red Cross Society, HelpAge India and Nav Nirman Foundation attended the workshop and provided their valuable inputs. The main objective of the consultation workshop was to exchange the ideas and solutions towards making the Shimla CDMP and FDMP more inclusive, effective and in sync with localized actions pertaining to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During the technical session, Mr. Navneet Yadav, Associate Director, Doers presented the work done by Doers in past three months in context of the two assignments and explained the methodology, key findings from the field work and challenges faced by the team during the process. He also discussed different multi-hazard disaster scenarios in Shimla city to engage the representatives of different departments and NGOs in revising their respective roles and coordination with respect to disaster risk management in the city. He emphasized that the city must become a part of the Making Cities Resilient 2030 Campaign of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and also engage with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) to learn best practices on urban resilience from other cities from different part of the world.

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