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RCE Srinagar

Issuing time:2020-03-19 22:20Source:India

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RCE Srinagar

(Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India)


RCE Srinagar since its acknowledgement, by United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies in Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Tokyo, Japan, on 2 September 2011 has been actively engaged in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change (CC) and Sustainability Education striving to achieve “disaster resilient, climate smart and sustainable communities”. RCE Srinagar’s various projects have been awarded by UNU-IAS.

RCE Srinagar formed and launched ‘Asia Pacific RCEs DRR Network’ during 9th Tongyeong ESD International Forum, 12-13 December 2017 at RCE Tongyeong, Korea.

Post Japan earthquake, March 11, 2011, I visited the Tsunami ravaged areas and witnessed the damage and the reconstruction work in progress. My visit coincided with the “9th ESD Seminar for Building the Future in Kesennuma, Miyagi”, 27-28 March 2012 where I participated. I also visited Natori City, Miyagi seashore and Hiyori-mountain, Rice Field School Project, Tangible Cultural Property “Horaguchike”, “The Great Henshin-Awaji Earthquake” 5:46 AM 17 January 1995 museum, International Recovery Platform, and Asian Disaster Reduction Centre.

I have witnessed disasters in India, Gujarat Earthquake 26 January 2001, Indian Tsunami 26 December 2004, Kashmir earthquake 8 October 2005, Leh Cloudburst 5 August 2010, Sikkim earthquake 18 September 2011, Kedarnath Uttarakhand floods June 2013, Kashmir deluge September 2014 and involved in relief and ‘Rebuilding’ programmes. We are helping schools prepare their ‘School Disaster Management Plan’ and to villages prepare their ‘Village Contingency Plan’.