Shillong, November 25: A State Level Workshop on Public Private Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation was organized by the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), New Delhi in collaboration with the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), Meghalaya, was held yesterday at Pinewood Hotel, Shillong. Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prof. RC Laloo graced the inaugural programme as the Chief Guest.
Laloo, in his inaugural address, said that Public Private Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation is very relevant in today’s time where the world is witnessing a rise not only in urbanization and industrialization but also in the number of disasters, both man-made and natural. “Though Meghalaya is not a highly industrialized state, we are definitely ambitious on this account and have a fair share of private medium and small scale industries spread all over the state, apart from the public industries” he added.
Stating that the medium paced rise of industrialization in the state needs to be partnered with appropriate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation activities so as to ensure that disasters do not impede industrial development and also industrial development does not lead to any disasters, Laloo said that Meghalaya has the opportunity of steering its industrial development in a manner that takes hazards, risks and vulnerability into account for the safety and continuity of not only the industrial plants but also the population, infrastructure and the environment that the industry is placed in.
The objective of the workshop was to develop a better understanding of the need for risk sensitive investment planning in private sector to secure their assets and investment, promote business continuity planning in private sector industries and corporate houses in the events of disasters, facilitate partnership between private sector and State and City Authorities to promote DRR by ensuring CSR investment in disaster risk reduction activities, promote private sector to act as supporting pillar during disaster response to mitigate the impact and reduce the loss of life and property and to improve urban resilience by engaging public-private players through new business opportunities in disaster risk reduction.