The Sendai Framework in the South Caucasus: Best practices in innovation and implementation

On 30 November and 01 December, 2016 a workshop on ”The Sendai Framework in the South Caucasus: Best practices in innovation and implementation” was held in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The aim of the workshop was to examine the new aspects of the Sendai Framework compared to the Hyogo Framework, and discuss the implications for DRR practitioners in the South Caucasus. A central part of the Sendai Framework was a call for people-centred DRR, and this was a focus of the second day of the workshop. Speakers included representatives from the IFRC headquarters in Geneva, and experts from civil society organisations and local government across the regions.

Workshop objectives were:
• Participants gain a clear understanding of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, including key differences to the Hyogo Framework
• Participants increase their awareness of the role of non-state actors, including civil society organisations, play in the implementation of the Sendai Framework
• Participants learn about implications of the Sendai Framework for community-based DRR work in the South Caucasus, including examples of good practice
• Participants increase their awareness of the importance of people-centred DRR, and gain knowledge of good practices from the region
• Participants are able to discuss how to integrate good practices into their own DRR work
• Participants are able to network and exchange experiences with DRR practitioners from across the region

Participating in this event were DRR practitioners from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, including representatives of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, civil society organisations including DIPECHO partners, and representatives of local governments.

During the workshop the following topics were addressed: an overview of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, including new innovation and approaches; the role of non-governmental actors in the implementation of Sendai Framework; the implications of the Sendai Framework for community-based DRR, good practises and innovations in people-centred DRR.