Nepal Inaugurates First Humanitarian Staging Area

26 March 2015 – Representatives from the Institute of Crisis Management had the honor of attending the inaugural ceremony for Nepal's first humanitarian staging area at Tribhuvan International Airport. More than 200 government officials and members of the humanitarian community welcomed Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Bam Dev Guatam as he officially opened the new facilities.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Bam Dev Guatam unveils the new Humanitarian Staging Area facilities

The Humanitarian Staging Area was a joint project between the United Nations Food Programme (WFP), the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Civil Aviation Authority built to enable Nepal to respond quickly in the event of a large-scale emergency. WFP Assistant Executive Director and CFO, Manoj Juneja, and Head of DFID, Dr. Gail Marzetti, also spoke as special guests.

Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Balananda Sharma, prinicipal of the ICMS, speaks with members of the humanitarian community at the ceremony.

Begun in 2013, the Humanitarian Staging Area at Tribhuvan International Airport represents one of three such facilities to be constructed in Nepal under the leadership of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Two more staging areas are also under construction at Tribhuvan University in Kirtipur and the National Agricultural Research Council in Khulmatar. These Humanitarian Staging Areas will act as logistical hubs for the collection and distribution of humanitarian assistance in the event of an emergency.

Anila Nakarmi, a representative of Care Nepal and a first semester student at the ICMS, in the conference hall of the HSA.

Equipped with a telecommunications hub, a coordination center, and warehousing facilities, the Humanitarian Staging Area at Tribhuvan Airport will provide a headquarters not only during emergencies, but also during training simulations. The area can also serve as a prepositioning site for disasters elsewhere in South Asia.