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  The third regional data collection workshop on the development of Africa s 2nd Biennial Report on Disaster Risk Reduction DRR was held from August 9 10 in Dakar Senegal The event focused solely on the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS region Opening the event Mr Abdoulaye Noba Director General of Civil Protection of the Republic of Senegal expressed his country s gratitude to the AUC for choosing Senegal to host the event He highlighted the 2004 AU Strategy for DRR as an important basis for monitoring progress in Disaster Risk Reduction Management in the Continent 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 in the Commission 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 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 risk He encouraged participants to draw on their technical expertise in the process of reporting and compiling accurate data He cited data collection as a major challenge in DRR and emphasized the need to disaggregate data 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 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 Member States represented at the event were Niger Liberia Guinea Bissau Ghana Gambia Ivory Coast Benin Togo Sierra Leone Nigeria and Senegal Other entities represented included the Africa Science and Technology Advisory Group on DRR AfSTAG and the Africa Youth Advisory Board on DRR 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 of Central African States ECCAS in July 2022 The final data collection workshop will focus on member states of the Southern African Development Community SADC The workshop is scheduled for September 2022 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
Leveraging Member States’ technical expertise is critical in disaster risk reduction documentation

1 The third regional data collection workshop on the development of Africa’s 2nd Biennial Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was held from August 9-10 in Dakar, Senegal.

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2 The event focused solely on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region.

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3 Opening the event, Mr. Abdoulaye Noba, Director General of Civil Protection of the Republic of Senegal, expressed his country’s gratitude to the AUC for choosing Senegal to host the event.

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4 He highlighted the 2004 AU Strategy for DRR as an important basis for monitoring progress in Disaster Risk Reduction/Management in the Continent.

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.

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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.

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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.

14 Member States represented at the event were Niger, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal.

15 Other entities represented included the Africa Science and Technology Advisory Group on DRR (AfSTAG) and the Africa Youth Advisory Board on 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.

18 The final data collection workshop will focus on member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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.

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