Anticipatory Action Vital To Reduce Humanitarian Impacts in the IGAD region

Anticipatory Action approach is vital to predict hazards, prevent or reduce acute humanitarian impacts in the IGAD region, IGAD Disaster Risk Management Program Manager, Dr. Ahmed Amdihun said.

IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Center (ICPAC), in collaboration with key partners have organized a joint multi-stakeholder Anticipatory Action workshop which aims to establishing a regional guiding framework for implementation of Anticipatory Action in the IGAD region.

The workshop is underway under the theme ‘Better Together-Lessons Learned and Charting the way forward for Early Warning and Anticipatory Early Actions', it was learned.

According to Ahmed, Anticipatory Action (AA) approach is a fundamental shift in how we in the IGAD region tackle disasters, requiring a more proactive approach as opposed to a traditional reactive approach to disasters.

During the three-day workshop, stakeholders are expected to discuss on various issues, including appreciating the progress and challenges in advancing early warning response at the regional and national level, he said.

Efforts will be made to have a common understanding of Anticipatory Action, principles, terminology, and implementation framework, he added.

The workshop will help share knowledge and experience in the bottlenecks and opportunities relating to AA at national and subnational levels, he elaborated.

According to the Ethiopian Disaster Risk Management Commission, Early Warning and Response Directorate Director, Taye Getachew, the workshop is attended by relevant actors from IGAD member countries.

During the workshop, participants will get insights about the current available financing mechanisms for AA and explore potential financing mechanisms, he said.

Participants will chart the way-forward for AA in the IGAD region, review and validation of the regional road maps, he elaborated.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency