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The Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction Center at An-Najah National University held a training workshop on the formulation of resilience plans for pilot local governments in cooperation with the Consultant Staff represented by the Engineering and Planning Center in Gaza during the period 14-16 August 2022 via zoom.


The workshop was attended by a large number of local authorities and bodies in Palestine. The training was given by Prof. Jalal Al-Debik, Dr. Ali Abdel Hamid and Eng. Abdel Hakim Al Jawhary.

It was implemented as part of the “Integrating Resilience in Local Governance in West Bank and Gaza” project, funded by the World Bank, and managed by the Municipal Development and Lending Fund (MDLF), for the benefit of the National Disaster Risk Management Center in Palestine (PALDRM) in cooperation with the Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction Center at An- University, which is responsible for coordination and implementation of all the project’s phases.

The project aims to reach out to a target of around 20 local governments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to facilitate a resilience planning process (15 municipalities in the West Bank and 5 municipalities in Gaza).

On the first day, the training included two sessions about disasters and hazards that Palestine is vulnerable to and their associated risks. The two sessions also provided the participants with clarifications about risk assessment and management, and disaster risk reduction’s policies, strategies, and measures that can make people, cities, and countries more resilient to hazards, and reduce risk and vulnerability to disasters. That was implemented with the aim of developing the capacity of municipal cadres in the formulation of strategic, development and resilience plans for local governments.

Furthermore, the workshop included discussions about Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The second session covered several topics including guidelines for community resilience planning, its importance and objectives.

On the second day, the training included several sessions that focused on training the participants on the use of Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities for Disaster Resilience Planning. The training also included a presentation about spatial planning that takes place on local, regional, national and inter-national levels, and the relationship between development planning and urban planning.  The closing session resulted in several suggestions and recommendations provided by the participants about the training topics.


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