Natural Disaster Risk Management in the Southern Mountain Area in Jiangxi – People’s Republic of China
Client: Asian Development Bank (ADB) through HJI Group Corporation
Funding source: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Location: Gannan Mountains, Jiangxi Province, People’s Republic of China
Duration: August 2014 – March 2016
Assignment: Team leader and Disaster Risk Management specialist
Duties and tasks: Services provided by NDR Consulting GmbH:
- Development of a policy, DRM guidance Gubei plan
- Natural disaster risk assessment in the Gannan Mountain area
- An integrated disaster risk management plan prepared for the
Gannan Mountain area
- Training and capacity development in the Gannan Mountain area
Recent disasters in the Gannan Mountain area of Jiangxi Province have had enormous impacts on the local economy, infrastructure, environmental quality, and people’s well-being. Frequent events include landslides, heavy snow events, hailstorms, flooding, earthquakes, and severe storms, which have significant impact on the agriculture sector that is highly vulnerable to such events. These impacts are amplified in the Gannan Mountain areawhere poverty rates are quite high with annual average incomes 28% lower than the provincial rural average and 27% of the provincial urban average. With agriculture as the main source of income for people in the Gannan Mountain area, losses due to disasters have a significant negative impact on people’s wellbeing and livelihoods.
The technical assistance (TA) aimed to undertake a disaster risk assessment in the Gannan Mountain area; increase awareness and build capacity of local government and community stakeholders; develop a community-based integrated disaster risk management (IDRM) plan; and address gaps in the regulatory and policy framework for disaster prevention and reduction for the Gannan Mountain area of Jiangxi Province.
Outputs, activities and issues
The final review mission fielded in Dec 2015 was successful and well attended. The integrated disaster risk management (IDRM) plan for the Gannan mountain area, the policy brief, as well as the final report have been finalized.
An additional output was prepared by the consultant, the IDRM methodology to guide the process for creating a community-based IDRM plan which was well received by the stakeholders.
Feasibility study and business plan for a Centre of Excellence for Earthquake Risk Management
Client: World Bank
Location: Istanbul, Turkey.
Duration: June to December 2012
Assignment: DRR expert
Duties and tasks:
- Development of a feasibility study with:
– Fundamentals for a Centre of Excellence (main functions)
– Stakeholder mapping
– Activity development
- Development of Business plan
– Existing Centres of Excellence in the field of DRR and ERM
– Action plans
– Financial considerations
– Legal issues
During the 2009 International Conference on Seismic Risk Mitigation in Istanbul the Turkish Government expressed its commitment to share the knowledge gained from years of its efforts to improve seismic resilience of societies and communities. The prime source of knowledge is the Istanbul Seismic Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness (ISMEP) project (http://www.ipkb.gov.tr/icerik/sayfa.aspx); in addition, other initiatives merit to be shared with national, regional and international audiences through the creation of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Seismic Risk Management in Istanbul.
A feasibility study on the creation of a Centre of Excellence for Seismic Risk Management was financed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) as a follow-up to the 2009 International Conference on Seismic Risk Mitigation in Istanbul. The study comprised of an in-depth analysis of existing centres in the field of DRR and seismic risk reduction and interviews with approx. 20 local, national and international stakeholders from government, private sector, academia and non-governmental organisations to clarify the demand for technical support in the field of seismic risk management, to grasp the sense for potential support for such centre and to define its possible outline.
The Business Plan further details the Feasibility Study and provides concrete elements for the creation and operation of the centre. It covers a stakeholder analysis, provides thematic, institutional and financial considerations and lays out action plans.
Partners: Istanbul Project Coordination Unit (IPCU; governorate of Istanbul) for the Istanbul Seismic Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness (ISMEP) Project
School retrofitting (Istanbul, Sep 2011)
Kant Water Rehabilitation Project – Feasibility Study: Social Due Diligence and Climate Change Impact
Client: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Location: City of Kant, Kyrgyzstan.
Duration: April to September 2012
The City of Kant requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Ministry of Finance for a water supply improvement project. The Ministry of Finance has agreed, subject to satisfactory due diligence.
The overall objectives of the feasibility study are to develop an affordable least-cost and cost-effective bankable priority investment plan for water and wastewater infrastructure, which fully meets the EBRD’s Performance Requirements, in order to:
– rehabilitate and increase the efficiency of existing systems with strong social and environmental benefits; and
– identify key cost restructuring elements and recommend reasonable loan covenants and implementation timing in this area.
The feasibility study will also take into account the potential impacts of climate change on the Project in order to build in resilience to climate change risks.
NDR Consulting GmbH contributed to this Feasibility Study (main implementer: HOLINGER IC) with social due diligence assessments and climate change impact.
Assignments: 1) Social expert; 2) Geomorphologist
Duties and tasks:
Social Due Diligence
- Review of existing social and socio-economic data for the Baseline Study
- Lead of household survey:
– Household survey about willingness-to-pay
- Compilation of the socio-economic due diligence report:
– Social Audit
– Social Analysis
– EBRD Compliance Table
– Social Action Plan
– Stakeholder Engagement Plan
Climate Change Issues
- Assess water sources and water availability
- Evaluate climate change impact on water availability
HOLINGER International Consultants GmbH, Bern, Switzerland and local partners (www.holinger.com)
Community Based Flood Management Project, Tajikistan
Client: ACTED Tajikistan / Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Location: 130 flood-prone villages in Farkhor, Hamadoni, Pyandzh, and Shurobod districts of Khatlon province in southern Tajikistan.
Duration: From May 2009 till August 2012; regular visits and intermediate remote support
Assignment: risk modelling specialist / DRR advisor
Duties and tasks:
- Development of an overall risk model for the project (based on risk management cycle)
- Development of risk mapping procedures (community approach, specialists’ approach) for simplified risk maps of villages
- Assistance for establishing the VDPCs (village disaster preparedness committees), for the development of VDPP (village disaster preparedness plans) and for preparation of simulation exercises
- Conceptual assistance for component B (silviculture)
- Contribution to mid term review (2011), in particular review of mapping component
- Implementation of a climate resilience survey
In the years since Tajikistan’s independence, the fertile flood plains adjacent to the Pyanj, Kizilsu, and Yakhsu rivers in Khatlon Province have become increasingly vulnerable to floods. Lives and livelihoods have been lost and flood embankments, houses, canals, land, roads, and bridges have been destroyed. Severe floods occurred in Vose and Farkhor districts in 1998 and 1999. The 2005 flood in Hamadoni destroyed assets with an estimated value of over $18 million. In addition, smaller floods and mudflows, causing damage and destruction, occur frequently.
The project has two main components:
- Component A: Disaster-focused community mobilization in 130 villages of the four districts. Capacity development of village disaster preparedness committees; risk assessments, risk reduction plans; community trainings; early warning systems; save havens; household preparedness.
- Component B: Silvicultural intervention: reforestation of tugai forest in an area of about 44 km2; alternative income generation.
ACTED (main implementer), Ghamkhori (local NGO in Khatlon oblast), CAMP Kuhiston (local NGO), CAREC (Central Asia Regional Environmental Centre) and RCST (Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan)
DRR Effectiveness Assessment
Client: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Office for Foreign Affairs
Duration: October 2009 – January 2011
Assignment: project coordinator, DRR expert
Duties and tasks:
NDR Consulting GmbH has been tasked to develop the overall framework for the country assessments, the compilation of the results and the development of two reports: comprehensive technical report (internal), and report for a wider public.
Also available in German and French: http://www.sdc.admin.ch/en/Home/Documentation/Publications
The report has been launched during the UN General Assembly Special Session on DRR (9 February 2011).
SDC is implementing a number of DRR programmes in several regions of the world. The 2007 SDC Guidelines on DRR (www) requested an assessment of the effectiveness of these programmes and as well as an assessment of the mainstreaming efforts in different pilot countries. The analysis comprised 5 programmes (Bolivia/Peru, Nicaragua, Tajikistan, Georgia/Armenia, and Bangladesh) and two countries without explicit DRR programmes but where DRR is mainstreamed (Mongolia, Mali). The country assessments were conducted by 7 individual consultants (contracted by SDC), based on the given framework.
Climate Resilience and Environmental Conditions of ADB Project’s Target Villages
Client: ACTED Tajikistan / Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Location: Tajikistan: Selected villages in 4 districts (Hamadoni, Farkhor, Panj and Shurobod) in Southern Khatlon
Duration: June – October 2010
Assignment: climate risk resilience survey
Duties and tasks:
- Quantitative survey (structured interviews) with (1) local government officials (jamoat, CoES, Health Center) and (2) students (grade 6 to 11): Interviews were intended to last approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
- Semi-structured interviews with (3) religious leaders; (4) respected villagers and (5) villagers: Specific questions and answers (yes or no, figure, single statement) were supplemented with open-ended/ story-telling answers. Therefore, interviews were structured but some questions were open ended. Interviews were intended to last between 30 minutes and one hour.
- Focus group discussions with men and women in the age groups 40-60 years and above 60 years where specific questions concerning CC, adaptation measures, indigenous knowledge, and gender issues are discussed.
- Analysis of the results of the interviews and focus group discussions.
- Final report.
The study addressed the climate resilience of communities in the target villages of the ADB flood risk reduction project in Southern Khatlon. The immediate objective was an increased understanding of people’s present level of climate resilience. The results will serve as basis for better integrating climate risk reduction measures in communities’ development.
The following aspects have been assessed and investigated:
Facts (risks, changes, disasters):
- Prevailing risks in the area (primarily weather and climate-induced)
- Changes of climate parameters over the past decades (rainfall pattern, droughts, temperature, seasonal trends etc.)
Evaluation (perception and interpretation):
- People’s knowledge and perception of: prevailing risks, climate fluctuations and trends as well as environmental issues
- People’s interpretation, evaluation and weighting of:
main risks, past events, climate change, environmental degradation
Community’s coping strategies:
- traditional management: knowledge to address and mitigate risks
- capacity to adapt to changing risk factors
- capacity to respond to and recover from stresses exerted to their village
Partners: ACTED Tajikistan (main implementer)
Focus group discussion
DIPECHO Risk Management Projects
Client: Focus Humanitarian Assistance (Aga Khan Development Network)
Location: Northern Areas, Chitral in Pakistan
Duration: April 2006 – January 2009
Assignment: project back stopper, DRR advisor
Duties and tasks
Focus has been supported in the domain of risk mapping and small-scale mitigation projects:
- training on the job for risk mapping
- assistance for map production
- quality assurance for mapping products and protection works
- establishing a illustrated guide for the use, interpretation and application of maps by local engineers
Risks from natural hazards are prevailing in the mountainous areas of northern Pakistan. The development of hazard and risk maps and small-scale mitigation works for infrastructure and private assets as well as community mobilisation and awareness building were the objectives of the various Dipecho projects in distinct villages of the area.
Client: Municipality of Brienz and Canton of Bern
Location: Switzerland: Brienz, Berner Oberland
Duration: August 2005 – August 2013. Read inauguration blog post (German)
Assignment: 1 Project coordinator, DRR expert, 1 social scientist, and 1 geologist, mapping specialist
Services provided by NDR Consulting GmbH within the consortium were:
- Documentation and analysis of disasters
- Hazard and risk mapping
- Development of structural and non-structural protection concepts; cost-benefit analysis of structural protection works
- Training of local intervention units
- Development of monitoring system for landslide
- Policy dialogue within town (level of safety) and awareness building of local inhabitants
In August 2005 extraordinary debris flows occurred in the Glyssibach and the Trachtbach, causing damage of the order of CHF 80 M, killing 2 persons.
The works started with a thorough documentation and analysis of the destructive events. An integrated safety concept included structural and non-structural measures, including hazard mapping. Non-structural measures: danger zones in the 2 threatened town districts with restrictions for development; flood-proofing of individual houses; monitoring, warning and evacuation concept. Structural measures: debris flow deviation, discharge corridors, accumulation basins.
Partners: Consortium of firms with individual contracts
Glyssibach protection concept
Deviation in the upstream section; discharge corridor in the downstream section