The discussion program was organzied by ISET, DPNet, and ISSR, with funding support from DCA Nepal. Chaired by DPNet’s Surya Bahadur Thapa, the event brought together policymakers, urban planners, and other stakeholders to address the enhancement of urban resilience in Nepal. The program featured insightful presentations, such as Dr. Raju Thapa’s depiction of urban vulnerabilities and Keshav Malashi’s exploration of the core concepts of urban resilience, particularly highlighting the efforts in Changunarayan Municipality.
Key issues discussed included food security, waste management, WASH, inclusive infrastructure development, and the broader concept of resilience encompassing social and political aspects. The program highlighted the importance of effective policy implementation, consideration of different population demographics, data-driven policy making, and scenario-based planning. Learning from past disasters like the 2015 Nepal and Chile earthquakes, the discussions emphasized the need for preparedness and strict adherence to building codes. Speakers such as Dhurva Khadka from NDRRMA and Rishi Raj Acharya from MoFAGA highlighted the integration of disaster management in policies and the commendable efforts of local governments in disaster preparedness. Ajaya Dixit, Advisor ISET Nepal summarized the discussions, stressing the need for a comprehensive approach to resilience, including policy implementation and local government involvement. Concluding, Thapa emphasized the necessity of research, improved coordination, and attitude change towards policy compliance, acknowledging the ongoing challenges in disaster risk reduction and the crucial roles of various sectors in this collaborative effort.