Marcus Oxley recently reported back from another UNISDR multi-stakeholder workshop, this time in Armenia. The two-day workshop, held on the 2nd of March in Yerevan brought government and non-government people together for the first time to discuss local level monitoring of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).
Armenia’s main threats are earthquakes, floods and rain-induced landslides. The workshop participants had more experience in disaster preparedness and response than disaster risk reduction (DRR). Not surprisingly groups tended to focus the discussion on monitoring of disaster response rather than DRR. As a result, the discussion on local-level monitoring of the HFA still has some way to go. An agreed work plan for the local monitoring process is yet to be developed including the harmonisation of the Global Assessment Report and Views from the Frontline review initiatives.
Still, there were many positives to take away from the meeting. The Ministry of Emergency Situations appeared to be very open to collaboration and engagement with civil society organisations. Importantly, levels of engagement on this issue were very high and the benefits of local multi-stakeholder monitoring were recognised by all participants.