The " Strategic Emergency Logistic Workshop" as part of EPR

 On Oct 9th and 10th , 2017 ,the “Strategic Emergency Logistic Workshop” was jointly organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs, UN World Food Program (WFP), and the Institute of Crisis Management Studies as part of the WFP’s Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) initiative.  The workshop was attained by distinguished guests included Honorable Member of Parliament, Former Home Minister Shakti B. Basnet and Head of Disaster Management Division Krishna B. Raut. Other distinguished participants represented different governmental and international agencies, the National security forces, and local governments including through Mayors, Deputy Mayors, and Ward Presidents.

Mr. Krishna B. Raut presented about the Emergency Logistic and Legal Framework in Disaster Risk Reduction.

Col. (Rtd). Ratrindra Khatri, EPR Coordinator, Logistic Coordinator, and Humanitarian Officer talked about the logistics cluster and the support it offers, including during the Nepal Earthquake Response 2015, as well as Nepal Custom Regulations and Access Mapping.

Mr. Rajan Ghimire, Response Manager at Tear fund with over a decade of experience in the Humanitarian and Development field, boosted knowledge about the emergency cycle, preparedness and logistics planning.

Mr. Manoj Upreti, WFP Logistic and Supply Chain Officer, talked about the Humanitarian Supply Chain, partnerships, and Logistic Assessment.

Overall, the workshop boosted the knowledge of participants regarding humanitarian and logistic supply chain management on a strategic level, while discussion at the end of each session identified strategic level gaps during recent disasters, the need to review the current Strategic Emergency Module, and recognize and learn about the logistic plans of both the Government and humanitarian agencies. Moreover, the workshop minimized the knowledge gap between the grassroots and macro level, understanding logistics and humanitarian response problems from different angles and recognizing the importance of coordination among different agencies during a disaster. A remarkable aspect about the workshop was the inclusion of a wide variety of participants from different governmental departments, inter-governmental agencies, local representatives from different areas, and the national security forces. These different divisions all work together during times of disaster. Participants expressed that the workshop was deeply helpful, and an incredible platform to share issues that arise during a crisis situation. The workshop increased participant’s knowledge of logistical needs and concerns during crisis situations.