Against the backdrop of rising global challenges from disaster risks, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has set up the Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management (GIDRM) in 2013. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is implementing the project. GIDRM aims to strengthen the German contribution to improve disaster risk management worldwide and to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR).
The second phase of GIDRM began in February 2018 and will continue until January 2021. GIDRM II supports selected international and national, governmental and non-governmental actors in their ambition to achieve coherence between the Sendai Framework and the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda, with regards to planning, implementing and reporting on disaster risk management.
The project identifies national and subnational examples of successful agenda-coherence. These so-called good practices will then be presented at regional platforms in Latin America and the Caribbean and in the Asia Pacific Region. If the good practices are successful, they will then be introduced as regional recommendations at international conferences, such as the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, where they will be confirmed as regional good practices.
The first phase of the project began in May 2013 and ended in January 2018. GIDRM I had aimed at matching the demand for specialized services and technologies ‘Made in and with Germany’ more effectively. To this end, it brought together German and regional experts from the public and private sector, academia and civil society to facilitate mutual learning across regions and to develop and pilot innovative solutions.
The three priority areas were:
- Strengthening disaster response preparedness and civil protection
- Resilient critical infrastructure and economic cycles
- (Further) development of effective early warning systems