Representatives attending the platform include representatives from a variety of sectors including (from left to right) Mr. M. Asadur Rahman, Chief Field Office, UNICEF Bihar; Dr. U. K. Misra, Hon’ble Member, Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, Government of Bihar; Prof. Chandrasekhar, Hon’ble Minister, Disaster Management, Bihar; Mr Vyas Ji, Hon’ble Vice Chairman, Bihar State Disaster Management Authority; Mr. Anil Kumar Sinha, Former Vice Chairman, Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, Government of Bihar; Dr Valerie Bemo, Deputy Director - Emergencies, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Mr Pratyaya Amrit, Principal Secretary, Disaster Management Department, Government of Bihar.
The Government of Bihar (GoB) successfully led the first Bihar State Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction–2017 (BSPDRR) from 21-22 July 2017 in Patna, the capital of Bihar State, India. The Platform was designed for government departments to review the implementation progress of the Bihar Disaster Risk Reduction Roadmap. This 15-year multi-sector Roadmap for Disaster Risk Reduction outlines actions to be taken by various government departments to promote resilient development and is based on the recommendations of the SENDAI Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR).
The Disaster Management Department of Bihar led the event with assistance from Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), UNICEF, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and other local NGOs. Over 400 participants from government and civil society organizations including the Disaster Management Department, Road Construction, Urban Development, Health, Education and Agriculture department attended the event.
In his Inaugural Address, Chief Minister of Bihar, Sh. Nitish Kumar congratulated the Disaster Management Department and its partners, including ADPC, for their work in building capacity to address certain areas of the roadmap. Bihar is one of the first states in the world to have developed this type of roadmap for disaster risk reduction in line with the SFDRR.
During the event the Honorable Sh. Nitish Kumar also launched two significant knowledge resources to help create risk informed communities throughout the state.
The first resource is the SAMBAL – Surakshit Bihar Ka lakshya an online, multi-stakeholder Knowledge and Learning Resource Centre and portal which hosts knowledge products such as policy documents, training modules, case studies and learning videos dedicated to the people of Bihar.
The other is the Dharohar – Traditional Knowledge for Managing Disasters a compilation of indigenous traditional knowledge in the area of disaster management in Bihar which was also released by the Chief Minister. The Disaster Management Department developed the Dharohar with technical assistance from ADPC.
The initiatives showcased at the event were undertaken as part of the Government of Bihar and ADPC technical collaboration for the project Strengthening Institutional Leadership Capacity for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response in Bihar State of India being implemented with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.