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* Japan grants Rs. 37 million for disaster risk reduction in Sri Lanka
Sat, Feb 15, 2014, 02:44 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 14, Colombo: A Japanese NGO has received a Rs. 37 million grant from Japan for a capacity building project on community-based disaster risk reduction in Sri Lanka.

The Japanese Ambassador in Colombo Nobuhito Hobo and Program Unit Chief of Civic Force Ms. Megumi Kuwana signed the grant contract for a project entitled "Capacity Building project on community-based disaster risk reduction" on the 13th February at the Ambassador's Residence in Colombo.

The project amounts to US$ 291,005 (approximately Rs. 37million) and is to be implemented for one year under the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects, a grant funding program of Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Civic Force, a Japanese disaster aid NGO, is actively involved in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Northeast Japan region as well as in emergency response in disaster struck areas in the Philippines and Thailand in the past.

This project aims to enhance local communities' capacities for disaster prevention and disaster management.

During the first year of the project, capacity building workshops ,trainings and networking meetings will be held in Colombo and Trincomalee in addition to a nationwide seminar for key persons involved in disaster management in Sri Lanka.

The project is expected to improve local communities' capacity to respond to disasters and to strengthen cross-sector collaboration and practical disaster management skills of participants.

Commenting on the project Ms. Kuwana said since disaster management is everybody's common concern, this project is a good occasion to tackle overall community development as well as to create a channel between grass-roots and the central government through cross-sector collaboration.

"If we could create a model of disaster management in Sri Lanka, which has been affected by many kinds of disasters, it would serve as a useful experience on disaster management in other countries, especially in the Asia Pacific Region. We, as a Japanese NGO, would like to utilize the lessons from the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Northeast Japan," she said.

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