Media professionals called on to reduce natural risks and disasters
Publié le mercredi 21 juillet 2021, par Gabinho
Togo, like other countries in the sub-region, is increasingly experiencing emergencies and disasters aggravated by climate change causing social, economic and ecological damage, especially to vulnerable communities. These disasters cause significant material damage to communities, economic losses, sometimes loss of human life and disrupt socio-economic life. To this end, it is necessary to strengthen the capacities of States in favor of disaster risk reduction measures.
Thus, aware of the frequency and the increasing severity of the health, social and economic consequences of disasters, the Togolese government, with the support of technical and financial partners, is mobilizing to take all appropriate measures to reduce the vulnerability of the populations.
Since April 2014, Togo has been engaged in a process of developing Vision Togo 2030 and, from 2016, in the development of its National Development Plan (PND 2018-2022) which integrates the development objectives. Sustainable Development (SDG) particularly SDG 13 entitled “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”. Likewise, to better manage disaster risks, in January 2017 the government created the National Civil Protection Agency (ANPC) by decree No. 2017-011 / PR followed by the adoption of the national policy on civil protection. civil protection in February 2017. The decree establishing the ANPC stipulates in its article 3 that the latter ensures “the information and education of the populations as well as the training of actors intervening in the field of civil protection”. It is also recommended to inform the populations to reduce their vulnerability to various hazards in accordance with its objective 7, namely : "substantially increase the availability and accessibility of multi-hazard early warning systems and information and assessments on risks. of disasters for the populations ”.
To do this, in order to improve communication on risk and disaster reduction and promote a culture of risk reduction, the ANPC with the support of the CREWS initiative (Climate Risk and Early Warning System) funded by the World Bank and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), are planning the creation and training of a network of media professionals taking into account gender equity at the central and community level.
Some media professionals from the Savannah region benefited from this training on July 15 and 16 in Dapaong. The general objective of the mission is to boost networks of media professionals committed to disaster risk reduction and climate change. Also, promote the awakening and culture of risk at all levels through media professionals, strengthen the capacities of media professionals on DRR and CC themes, operationalize a digital platform for exchanges with media professionals, prepare media professionals to support the ANPC in communication and information in emergency situations.