EU earmarks €80 million to improve disasters management in Africa

EU earmarks €80 million to improve disasters management in Africa

The European Union has earmarked €80 million to improve the resilience of several African countries to extreme weather hazards, including floods and droughts.

 

Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia are among the recipients of the EU financial support.

 

The program is being implemented in Africa by four partners namely the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and the African Development Bank’s Climate special fund.

 

The fund was announced last weekend by the National Coordinator of the Zambia Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), Chanda Kabwe and his Director for Disaster Risk Management Anderson Banda.

 

The duo was visiting Italy to attend a seminar on the management mechanisms put in place by the European country, which suffers almost every year of extreme weather events.

 

Representatives of the disaster management agencies of Angola, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Rwanda and experts from the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the Africa Union Commission also attended the seminar.

The seminar is part of the Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP)-EU Program “Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities” funded by the European Union.

The program is designed to share experience and accelerate Implementation of the global plan to reduce disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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