Engagement with the public in framing our research programmes

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:32:00 GMT

Public awareness programme on Disaster Management was held on the 8th December 2016 in Nintavur, a village in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka, severely affected by tsunami and now constantly under treat to sea erosion.

Public awareness

Photo: from L to R (Prof. Richard Haigh, Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga, Mr. Valleeth Mohammad, Ms. Hemanthi Goonesekera)

This was led by Prof. Richard Haigh of GDRC, also with the input from Ms. Hemanthi Goonersekera, the CEO of Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities, Mr. Valleeth Mohamed of Asia Foundation and Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga of GDRC.  

 There were discussions on services provided by Authorities and Institutes [What are the services provided by the Institutes (ie:DMC) and Authorities (ie: LAs and Secretariats; Citizen Charter (to be precise, method of obtaining the services from specific institute/authority); Feed back on the level of services the community received/receiving];  What is Required to the Province [Specific services that the community feels they need more urgently; Which areas needs to be addressed in order to achieve efficient DM plan] and on How to Engage in DM to become more resilient [Discuss about the methods which community can help to make more resilient and efficient DM plan; Identify the barriers which they face in practical situations].

Public awareness

Photos: section of the public with whom the discussions took place

Public awareness

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