Government should increase investment in disaster risk reduction programmes as Bangladesh is one of the disaster prone countries in the world, observed a group of environmentalists and researchers on Tuesday.
The speakers while addressing the opening of a two-day national conference on disaster risk management in Dhaka also said the investment in disaster risk management would be the best one for the country’s economy as well for the people.
Department of Disaster Management in collaboration with leading non-government organisations in Bangladesh held the conference.
‘Spending money for disaster risk management is not a waste of money rather it is the best investment,’ said Dhaka University professor Mahbuba Nasreen.
The director of Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies of DU explained that as none could stop any of the disasters, the government should better work for minimizing causalities and damages.
She also urged the government for strengthening disaster risk transfer mechanism of the country.
Director general of the department of disaster management Reaz Ahmed said they were revising the standing order on disaster as the risks and types of disasters had been changing over the years.
He said they had trained a total of 32,000 volunteers in last couple of years to combat disasters while their target was 62,000.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission executive director Ehsanur Rahman chaired over the inauguration programme.