5 Representing the AU Commission, Mr. Harsen Nyambe, Director of Sustainable Environment and Blue Economy (SEBE) pointed out that data is essential in DRR and further emphasized that “data is very important to achieve the implementation of DRR programs, projects and activities.
6 in the Commission.
7 The African Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Action System (AMHEWAS) program demonstrates the need for accurate and timely data.” The Director also noted that the urban resilience program currently being developed by the Commission is highly dependent on the availability of data.
8 Speaking at the opening of the event, ECOWAS DRR and Humanitarian Division Chief, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim, praised the AU Program of Action (PoA) on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR as an agenda key for the continent in disaster reduction.
10 He encouraged participants to draw on their technical expertise in the process of reporting and compiling accurate data.
11 He cited data collection as a major challenge in DRR and emphasized the need to disaggregate data.
12 Member States also presented their best practices, ranging from formulating and implementing DRR policy instruments, upgrading equipment to establishing a multi-hazard early warning operations center, among others.
13 One of the key needs identified to strengthen data collection and harmonization in Member States was capacity building for experts, as well as the incorporation and analysis of geospatial information for DRR.
16 The workshop followed two earlier workshops on data collection, targeting member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the East African Community (EAC) in June 2022, and member states of the Unione Mugreb Arab (UMA) and the Economic Community.
17 of Central African States (ECCAS) in July 2022.
19 The workshop is scheduled for September 2022.
20 The development of the biennial report is supported by the European Union through the Intra-ACP 11th EDF Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Programme, and the Kingdom of Sweden through UNDP in the framework of the Sahel Resilience Project.