NCDR inks disaster management pacts with Nepal municipalities
NCDR Director Chen Hongey (center), Ghorahi Mayor Narulal Chaudhary (left) and Thakurbaba Mayor Ghan Narayan Shrestha display the disaster prevention cooperation agreement signed Feb. 10 in New Taipei City. (Courtesy of MOST)
Taiwan’s National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) signed a cooperation agreement on disaster prevention with Nepalese municipalities Ghorahi and Thakurbaba Feb. 10 in New Taipei City.
Under the pact, NCDR will assist the municipalities through organizing training programs and transferring modern equipment. Technologies covered include monitoring systems for precipitation and seismic activity, as well as online platforms for public information updates.
The agreement is the latest step taken by the Ministry of Science and Technology in implementing its Smart Disaster Risk Management program in line with the New Southbound Policy. NCDR successfully provided Nepalese municipalities Baijanath Rural and Kohalpur with similar training and equipment in 2019.
NCDR Director Chen Hongey said years of continued support from the MOST have enabled the center to develop and effectively implement state-of-the-art technology into its disaster management strategy. The monitoring systems for the two cities will be installed by the beginning of Nepal’s monsoon season, three months from the date of signing, he added.
Ghorahi Mayor Narulal Chaudhary thanked NCDR for sharing its expertise. He said the country’s world-class preparedness and response capabilities would play a critical role in addressing his municipality’s pressing need for better disaster management systems.
A key plank in the government’s national development policy, the NSP is enhancing Taiwan’s agricultural, business, cultural, education, tourism and trade relations with the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, six South Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand.