PIROI’s annual Disaster Risk Management workshop was held in Saint-Denis on 9 and 10 April 2019.
This year it provided an opportunity to review the activities carried out under the 2017-2020 programme. The meeting also gave the Secretary Generals and Risk Management Officers of the region’s Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies a chance to work together on future cooperation projects through 2025 as part of PIROI’s regional risk management programme.
Two training sessions were also held in addition to the workshop:
- A financial management course helped participants improve their understanding and knowledge of financial management cycles and budget planning.
- A technical course covered the development and revision of contingency plans.
These courses are consistent with PIROI’s strategy in the Indian Ocean aimed at strengthening partners’ capacities, particularly through training.
The week of meetings and training falls under the scope of the partnership between the French Red Cross and the French Development Agency (AFD), through the ‘3 Oceans’ project designed to “Reduce the impact of natural disasters, health crises, and the impact of climate change on the populations of three oceanic areas: the Indian, Pacific and Caribbean Oceans”.
Cyclone Idai, which recently hit Mozambique and Zimbabwe, reminds us of the importance of coordination, preparedness, and disaster risk reduction actions to increase the resilience of vulnerable populations exposed to the adverse effects of climate change.