Qatar Taking Big Steps to Improve Disaster Recovery and Risk Reduction

According to an article on, officials in Qatar are working toward improving their country’s resilience in the face of disaster.

Sixty officials from various ministries, city governments and NGOs just completed an intense training program in Doha, the country’s capital. The program is part of the International Recovery Platform (IRP) initiative and is supported by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

“The recovery task after a disaster strikes requires an efficient understanding of the needs, interests and abilities of the different actors,” said Fadi Jannan, regional program officer at UNISDR’s Cairo office, in the article.

“This training is a good source of knowledge on best recovery practices from around the world. Helping governments like Qatar to pre-plan for disaster recovery and to mainstream disaster risk reduction is key to a resilient future,” said Jannan.

According to the article, Qatar, which has a population of more than 1.6 million, has several environmental challenges to worry about. These include desertification, land degradation and water scarcity, as well as threats to marine and coastal ecosystems.

The training program, which is the fourth of its kind in the Arab region since the IRP was launched, focused on the responsibilities for planning, managing and executing successful, resilient disaster reduction and recovery activities. An underlying principle of the program was the idea that rehabilitation and reconstruction after a disaster are valuable opportunities to improve infrastructure.

“It is encouraging to witness how seriously Qatar views the concept of disaster risk reduction, for both current and future risks,” said Sanjaya Bhatia, head of UNISDR’s Global Education and Training Institute, in the article.

“Governments, like Qatar, engaged in disaster risk reduction and recovery planning are now aware of the opportunities presented after a disaster happens. There are many lessons learned in the global community that can help other governments improve their future risk reduction and recovery efforts,” said Bhatia.

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