FAO, PDMA hold consultative workshop on disaster preparedness

Economic Reporter

PESHAWAR: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in collaboration with Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa organized a one-day workshop here on Wednesday to plan for adaptation of proactive approach for disaster preparedness and mitigation.

The workshop attracted a number of participants and technical experts from PDMA, Agriculture Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and attended by technical experts, including Secretary Relief KP Aamir Latif, Secretary Irrigation KP Tahir Orakzai, Chief Economist Noman Afzal and DG Agriculture Extension Abid Kamal.

The FAO’s International Coordinator for KP, Waleed Mahdi in his opening remarks highlighted the need for evolving the proactive life and asset saving, adding that the climate change remained a challenge for KP, causing degradation of natural resources, extreme weather events, uncertainty of water availability and low land productivity.

Secretary Irrigation Tariq Orakzai appreciated the FAO support to KP Government in the efforts on climate action, saying that today’s session demonstrated collective brainstorming on the availability of consolidated data needed for climate action, and contribution of present technical experts would surely benefit climate action planning.

Noman Afzal, Chief Economist, on behalf of the Planning and Development Department KP assured full support to FAO and other departments involved in planning early warning services for climate action.

Secretary Relief Aamir Latif encouraged the participative formulation and planning, adding that FAO and PDMA through the consultative workshop took an initiative to incorporate expertise from all relevant departments leaving no one behind.

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