NAIROBI, Kenya, July 17, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Media Briefing on Disaster Loss Accounting in Kenya, Upcoming Kenya Disaster LossDatabase Launch
Subject: Media Briefing on Disaster Loss Accounting in Kenya, Upcoming Kenya Disaster Loss Database Launch
Who: Col (Rtd) Nathan Kigotho – Director, National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC),
Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government
Dr Pedro Basabe – Head of Office, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
(UNISDR), Regional Office for Africa
Date: 18 July 2013, 10.00 am – 12 pm
Venue: Pool Garden, SarovaPanafric
According to recent statistics by the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2013,direct disaster losses are at least 50 percent higher than internationally reported figures. Total direct losses on 40 low and middle income countries amount to US$305 billion over the last 30 years; of these, almost a third were not internationally reported.
Meanwhile, disaster events have been increasing in frequency and intensity over time, as governments, private sector, communities and households invest more and more in response and mitigation measures. To make such measures effective, information on disasters and disaster damages/losses is indispensable. Further, disaster risk reduction need not be just the government’s responsibility, rather, should be everyone’s business. Often, data on loss of life is comprehensively reported, but seldom is the economic impact of the disaster event. Furthermore there is a disjoint between disaster reports when they occur and addressing disaster risk reduction.
To address some of these issues the National Disaster Operations Centre, supported by UNISDR and other partners, has developed a disaster loss database. This information management system is expected to strengthen the implementation of disaster risk management in Kenya.
You are hereby invited to a high tea and to participate in discussions around such Disaster Risk Reduction issues and specifically on the importance of Disaster Loss Accounting, the dynamics surroundingit(such as a comprehensive DRM Legislation, Policy and Strategy – all on-going) and possible collaborations that may be coined from this event.
Press releases on the Kenya Disaster Loss Database Launch on 19th July 2013will be distributed during the high tea.