A 411,700 EUR project has helped mitigate the devastating impacts of natural disasters in the country through enhancing relevant officials’ capacity in community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM).

Funded by the Netherlands Red Cross and the Spain Red Cross, the called Disaster Preparedness ECHO 8 (DIPECHO 8) wrapped up on November 26 at a conference in Hanoi on November 26.

Vu Van Loc, head of the disaster prevention and response board under the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) said the project highlighted the successful collaboration and effective partnership between the Netherlands Red Cross and the Spain Red Cross and the Vietnamese counterpart.

Noting the encouraging results of the project, Head of the Netherlands Red Cross, Paul Vanderlaan held that the stakeholders need to share their gained outcomes and experience and discuss issues to be addressed in the future.

Dipecho 8, also sponsored by the Humanitarian Aid Committee under the European Commission, has been implemented in nine Vietnamese central provinces, namely Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen since last June.

Through offering refresher courses, the programme raised government and VRC officials’ CBDRM proficiency in vulnerably disaster-hit areas.

It also helped train 98 Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment guides while providing measures for local residents to diminish natural disaster risks as well as raise their CBDRM awareness. Especially, six provincial-level disaster response teams were established to foster the provinces’ capacity in the work.-VNA