|A house was built following typhoon-resilient construction model of the Development Workshop France (DWF) in the central Thua Thien-Hue province . — Photo tuoitre.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The European Commission humanitarian aid department's 17-year community-based disaster risk management programmes (DIPECHO) in Viet Nam have achieved remarkable results, a conference was heard today in Ha Noi.
Since 1998, DIPECHO has provided 13.2 million euros (nearly US$14 million) through 41 grants under nine action plans, supporting disaster preparedness and risk reduction projects carried out by the European Union, international NGOs, Red Cross societies and the United Nations Development Programme in 23 provinces and in three cities of Viet Nam.
"DIPECHO projects have been used as essential tools to promote the practice of disaster risk reduction (DRR), specifically improving awareness on DRR actions in Viet Nam," Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) Deputy General Secretary Dang Minh Chau said.
Chau said DIPECHO projects have assisted the government of Viet Nam's programmes, specifically the National Strategy for Natural Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and Control.
As result of these actions, the Prime Minister approved the government's decision 1002 in July 2009, on the national programme on raising community awareness and community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM). A vulnerability and capacity assessment process and training was developed by the VNRC as an important tool in the national CBDRM programme.
DIPECHO said during the severe flooding of the Mekong Delta provinces in 2011, fewer children drowned as they were better protected because of a School Flood Safety Programme and the adoption of child-friendly DRR approaches in school extra-curricular and curricular activities.
A Joint Advocacy Network Initiative (JANI) was created by DIPECHO partners to support the Vietnamese government in promoting the CBDRM approach in the country. A DIPECHO project on typhoon-resilient construction in the central Thua Thien-Hue Province, carried out by the Development Workshop France (DWF), showed 98 per cent of the houses built with innovative safe construction practices withstood typhoons. This model, adopted by the provincial department of construction, has been replicated in other provinces. — VNS