The main objective of this two-day Disaster Management Exhibition was to bring more awareness and sensitize the issues of disaster management and climate change adaptation to public in general and students of the whole university campus and other institutions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular
The exhibition was inaugurated by UoP Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan. He was accompanied by Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences Dean Professor Dr Amir Nawaz Khan, PDMA Director Relief Mr. Abdul Basit, UNDP Pakistan Disaster Management Specialist Dr. Muhi Osama, The ACF Field Coordinator Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Khan and Director Operations Handicap International Mr. Waheed Shah.
Jan said the university was working towards “education for peace” and will make every effort to achieve it. He appreciated the participation of the scores of national and foreign delegates in the exhibition. He said the occasion would provide a networking opportunity for them to liaison and benefit from each other’s experience. The VC said we can’t live in isolation and neither can we rely on external help forever. Every one of us needs to learn about the risks and the mechanisms to mitigate and withstand the impacts.
FRD as an exhibitor, displayed the handicrafts made by FATA women, under food for work project by FRD-WFP. FRD also shared its pamphlets, development stories and progress reports with the visitors and create awareness among the public at large about disaster risk reduction. it is pertinent to mention that Disaster Risk Reduction is an essential component of FRD’s all interventions and FRD not only incorporating various DRR strategies in its interventions to ensure risk reduction measures both for natural and man-made disasters but also building resilience of local communities through capacity development programs on DRM.
The response of visitors was amazing; they appreciated the contribution of FRD in the disaster management and they were thankful for the valuable knowledge regarding DRM provided by FRD staff. As many as 200 schools, 70 colleges and 30 varsities of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa participated as visitors in this exhibition.