Meetings for the elaboration of provincial plans for preparedness, contingency response and recovery 2015-2019 in Cunene, Huila and Namibe

May 27, 2015

Angola has over the past few years suffered from recurrent impact of climatic alterations leading to prolonged droughts or floods, especially in the southern part of the country. The southern region has been considered as part of the Government plans for adaptation to climate change. Early recovery and building resilience of vulnerable communities has been a priority to break a cycle of flood and drought episodes.

To further enhance preparedness for both response to and recovery from disasters, in 2014 the Angolan government renewed the National Plan for Preparation, Contingency Response, and Recovery for a period from 2015 to 2019. Within the executive framework established by the National Plan, all provinces are expected to prepare their own Provincial Plan for Preparation, Contingency Response, and Recovery from 2015. This is an important first step towards enhancing local capacity to prepare for response to and recovery from disasters.

From 28 April to 14 May, assisted by a joint team of National Civil Protection Commission (CNPC), National Civil Protection and Firetighting Service (SNPCB) and UNDP, a week of planning meeting resulted in the elaboration of provincial plans for preparation, contingency response and recovery in the target provinces of Cunene, Huila and Namibe. The final version of the plans comprising risk analysis and scenario, strategic framework and objectives, preparedness and response plans, and budget, were submitted to the Provincial Civil Protection Commission (CPPC) for its review and approval.

In each province, the planning meeting was opened by the coordinator of the CPPC, Provincial Vice Governor, and the whole planning sessions were attended by the representatives of all relevant ministries present in the province and representatives of municipalities along with some Civil Society Organizations (CSO) members (50 in Cunene, 100 in Huila and 70 in Namibe). During the planning sessions, the mission team also provided participants with training opportunities on basic Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) concepts, emergency response simulation, and what civil protection is.  CNPC and SNPCB staffs including Chief of Operational Planning and technical staffs also enjoyed on-the-job training on contingency preparedness and response planning offered by a UNDP consultant.  A field visit was organized for the participants to observe local risk conditions.