Wed 10 2016 10:28:20
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- A programme on strengthening disaster resilience was launched in Uzbekistan on 11 October 2016. The programme is a joint project of the World Bank and the Government of Uzbekistan. The Government of Uzbekistan will receive a technical assistance by the World Bank for the Program on Strengthening Disaster Resilience in Uzbekistan. The programme is funded by the Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries administered by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). The programme is expected to enhance the capacity of the Government of Uzbekistan in identifying, prioritizing and planning for the implementation of investments and activities seismic risk reduction of public facilities and infrastructure and improvements in emergency preparedness and response services. The project seeks to build Uzbekistan’s capacity in disaster risk management during the next 2.5 years by (1) building the capacity for disaster risk management, (2) supporting seismic risk assessments for public facilities, (3) strengthening crisis management system, and (3) improving the understanding of disaster fiscal impact assessment and risk financing options. In Uzbekistan, earthquakes cause the largest economic losses among natural hazards. More than half of the population and half of the economy, including Tashkent, are located in areas of seismic risk. A recent World Bank study revealed that in Uzbekistan, as many as 1 million people, on an annual average, are affected by earthquakes causing the country to suffer an average annual loss of 3.2% of its GDP. Natural hazards, particularly earthquakes, thus undermine Uzbekistan’s development gains by harming people’s livelihoods.