Aidenvironment capacitates organisations on DRR-WASH linkages in Bangladesh

Last summer in Barguna municipality, in the coastal zone of Bangladesh, RAIN conducted a training “Connecting DRR and climate resilient WASH”. DORP, one of the WASH SDG partners in Bangladesh, has planned to activate Disaster Management Committees on Union and Municipality level and coach these Committees on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) action planning. The expected outcome of this support is that Committees will improve WASH conditions in preparation and response to disasters. The area of Barguna is prone to disasters, especially cyclones. Cyclones lead to widespread coastal flooding and erosion of embankments as well as damage to infrastructure, because of the strong winds.

As part of the training DORP staff was capacitated on DRR, climate vulnerability and WASH-DRR linkages. The training included definitions of disasters, the disaster risk reduction cycle and capacity, the participants view on disasters in the Barguna area, the DRR policies and governance framework of Bangladesh and the relevant linkages between WASH infrastructure and disasters. In an assignment actions were planned to reduce impact of disasters on WASH infrastructure, and also to reduce the impact of damaged WASH infrastructure on development of new hazardous situations (for example faecal sludge impact on water quality after flooding of toilets).

Also a six steps approach (Global WASH Cluster, 2012) on (possible) planning support to the Committees on WASH-DRR linkages the partners was presented and discussed:

  1. WASH services identification
  2. Hazards and characteristics
  3. Vulnerability and capacity
  4. Impact on WASH and society
  5. Prioritise WASH service/systems
  6. Action planning to increase robustness.

This way the elements discussed during the training can receive follow up in the remaining part of the program. By the end of the day all partners had the opportunity to put together their DRR plan of activities including timeframe and other stakeholders to be included. The organisations can use these plans to start defining the concrete program activities on DRR, which will eventually also benefit the WASH SDG program.

For more information, please contact Arnoud Keizer