Synchronisation of indigenous and modern knowledge in disaster management
13 October 2015, Nirapad News: Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Mofazzal Hossen Chowdhury Maya today
underscored the need for synchronising traditional and modern knowledge for early detection of disaster risk and
reduce its severity to make the nation more resilient in disaster management.
“By applying our individual knowledge and expertise …we have to prepare our family first..then strengthening
our society …to form a disaster resilient nation”, said the minister as the chief guest in observance of the
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 at Osmani Memorial Hall here.
This year’s theme has been selected as ‘Knowledge for Life’ with a focus on the importance of using indigenous
knowledge in disaster management. Indigenous knowledge acquired through the ages of experience-it is an integral
part of the local ecosystem.
To make Bangladesh “a role-model” in disaster management, Maya said “We have to collect all the best local
disaster management practices and digitize those and synchronize with the modern science-based knowledge for
better disaster management.” The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief organized the programme with its
secretary Md Shah Kamal in the chair.
Director General of the Department of Disaster Management and Relief Riaz Ahmed gave the welcome address at the
function while Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Disaster Management and Relief Direndra
Devnath Sambu spoke as the special guest.
Maya told the function that the catastrophe of life, livelihood and resources have largely reduced due to
undertaking time befitting disaster management and poverty alleviation programs by the government.
“We may be poor economically but our accumulated knowledge, practices and capacities are richer and diversified
than many economically developed countries, said Disaster Management and Relief Secretary Md Shah Kamal, adding
that in achieving resilience we need to preserve local knowledge as well as protect the indigenous people.”
“We need both modern knowledge and technology and traditional knowledge to face the adverse situation that
happens fast, with severity in a complex manner during the calamity, said Mohammad Abdul Qayyum, national project
director of comprehensive disaster management programme.
Additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka M Jasimuddin, Director General of fire service and civil defense
Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan, among others, spoke on the occasion.