America With Kerala

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Kochi and U.S. Consulate General in Chennai with support from Kerala State Disaster Management Authority is working on a four-month project to conduct awareness workshops on disaster management in three cities of Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. The first leg of the Project will be inaugurated on 24 June, 2019 by Sh. Dr K.T. Jaleel, Honorable Minister of Higher Education, Government of Kerala in presence of Sh. Tom Jose, IAS, Chief Secretary to Government of Kerala, Sh. Dr Sekhar Lukose Kuriakose, Member Secretary, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority and Senior Officials from the US Consulate General in Chennai. On 25th and 26th June there will be a two-day workshop on Disaster Management, Preparedness and Resilience with approximately 30 participants including experts from Kerala State Disaster Management Authority, Institute of Land and Disaster Management (ILDM), Kudumbasree Mission, Local Governance Institutions, NGOs like Goonj and other community leaders. In addition, on 24th June there will be a workshop where senior stakeholders from Kerala State Higher Education Council, Major universities from Kerala and other Institutions in Kerala which are running courses on disaster management like Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies will brainstorm the creation of Curriculum on Disaster Management for Higher Education. Nearly a year after the deluge of 2018, this initiative will bring together diverse stakeholders to reinforce the community-based disaster management mechanisms which worked well in Kerala’s Flood recovery process.