Addressing a Regional Conference on Capacity Development for Integrating Disaster Risk Management in to Urban Settings in Africa on Thursday, the State Minister Dessalegn said the government has commenced Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and vulnerability reduction activities in urban areas.
He said the Growth and Transformation Plan has targeted modern urban land management and spatial planning system that could strengthen resilience and reduce poverty.
Ministry of Agriculture Disaster Reduction Management and Food Security Sector State Minister, Mitiku Kassa for his part said DRM activities include risk reduction, preparedness, responsiveness and rehabilitation.
He said Ethiopia has established efficient institutional setup, formulated policies and strategic frameworks, and organized national and sub-national DRM platforms backed by comprehensive risk information system.
According to him, Ethiopia has emerged as a leading nation in the application of DRM in the developing world.
The State Minister said DRM enables to strengthen preparedness and provide quick response to emergency cases.
DRM is supported by a serious of task forces including agriculture, nutrition, education and WASH activities.