ECLAC trains over 100 Argentinian public officials in disaster assessment


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(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Over one hundred Argentinian public officials acquired new technical skills in the use and application of the Damage and Loss Assessment (DaLA) methodology, as the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean carried out two workshops from 7-10 May 2018.

Participants benefitted from a comprehensive analysis of the DaLA approach vis-à-vis various sectors including population, housing, education, health, transportation, water and sewerage, and agriculture. The DaLA methodology adopts a multisectoral approach to estimate the effects and impacts of natural disasters in terms of damage, losses, and additional costs.

Both workshops were carried out at the request of the Ministry of Security of Argentina, which is the institution responsible for disaster response at the national level. The first training, which took place in Rosario, Santa Fe Province, from 7-8 May 2018, targeted fifty local public officials; while the second, which took place in San Salvador de Jujuy, Jujuy Province, from 9-10 May 2018, benefitted fifty eight officers.

The training sessions also represent an important contribution to the implementation of the National System Plan for Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection of Argentina, which incorporates the DaLA methodology.

These trainings followed the mission carried out in Argentina by ECLAC in 2017, when a disaster assessment team assessed the floods that took place in eight Argentine provinces, namely Chaco, Córdoba, Corrientes, Entre Rios, Formosa, Misiones, Santa Fé and Tucumán.

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