National Workshop on Sendai Framework Monitor and National Disaster Loss Accounting System

Organizer(s) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Arab States Morocco - government

Risk information, as an output of effective monitoring, dissemination and analysis, is key to addressing disasters and disaster risks in the continent. This is not only considered to be important in terms of forming the basis for early warning systems and contingency planning, but also informing investment and development decisions.

The two main tools for analyzing the progress made in implementing the Sendai Framework at the national level are Sendai Framework Monitor and National Disaster loss accounting system. As of March 1, 2018, Member States must report against the indicators for measuring the global targets of the Sendai Framework, and disaster risk reduction- related indicators of the SDGs, using the online Sendai Framework Monitor. A set of 38 indicators, recommended by an Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group, track progress in implementing the seven targets of the Sendai Framework as well as its related dimensions reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 11 and 13. The Sendai Framework Monitor also functions as a management tool to help countries develop disaster risk reduction strategies, make risk-informed policy decisions and allocate resources to prevent new disaster risks.

The national disaster loss accounting system development represents a low-cost, high impact strategy to systematically account for disaster losses. As such, this is the crucial first step to generate the information necessary for risk estimation and to inform public investment Disaster Risk Reduction. As a second step, the physical losses recorded in the databases are translated into monetary/economic losses enabling an initial evidence-based estimate of recurrent losses.

Systematically accounting for losses and comprehensively assessing risks help governments categorize and stratify their stock of both extensive and intensive disaster risks. Cost–benefit and other analyses can then be used to assess economic and political costs and benefits of different prospective, corrective and compensatory adaptation and risk management approaches.

Objectives of the Workshop:

  1. Deepen knowledge of the importance of monitoring the implementation of the Sendai Framework and using the Sendai Framework Monitor;
  2. Deepen knowledge of the Disaster Loss Accounting System (DesInventar-Sendai) and its importance in establishing the baseline for post-2015 monitoring of Sendai Framework implementation;
  3. Train participants on collecting and registering information in a methodical and rigorous way;
  4. Train national institutions on the implementation of the national database and promote synergies among them for data collection and data sharing purposes;
  5. Strengthen the capacities for developing temporal, spatial and event analysis based on the DesInventar methodology.
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