The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) organized a Disaster Risk Reduction Meeting hosted by Turkey between March 9 and 10. Acting Head of Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) Hamza Taşdelen made a speech at the beginning of online meeting. As well as technical sessions, regional documents were discussed, road maps were developed and new cooperation protocols were signed during the meeting.
Turkey hosted the meeting for the second time. Chairman of Earthquake Department of AFAD Dr. Murat Nurlu was elected as the chief of delegation during the meeting. Steps that will help ECO countries to adapt to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and “ECO Framework for Regional Disaster Risk Reduction” were also discussed during the meeting. “Draft Roadmap for the Implementation of Regional Framework" was also mentioned as a part of the meeting. Finally the “Protocol For Real Time Seismologic Data Exchange” was prepared. Topics of the ECO Ministers’ Conference set for next week were also prepared during the group meeting of experts.
Technical meetings were an important part of the meeting. Director General for the Information Systems and Communication İrfan Keskin made the opening of technical sessions namely “Importance of Trends in Disaster Risk Management,” “Local Strategies and Risk Management Approach” and “Innovation of Disaster Management.”
Local Risk Reduction Plans compatible with Sendai Framework
Making a speech at the beginning of the meeting, Hamza Taşdelen mentioned the activities of AFAD which are compatible with the Sendai Framework and shared Turkey’s example development in disaster management with the participants of the meeting.
Taşdelen mentioned AFAD’s Turkey Disaster Risk Reduction Plan and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Plans adding that, “With the implementations of these plans, need and sources needed for search and rescue activities will be increased. It will allow us to establish a more resistant society and more secure living areas. This will make an important contribution to the sustainable development. We have prepared the provincial disaster risk reduction plans of 7 cities in 2020 and we are still working on the plans of remaining 74 cities.”