ASUNCION – Latin American governments and populations need greater capacity to cope with natural disasters, the European Union’s ambassador to Paraguay told EFE on Monday.
In the face of the massive earthquake that struck Ecuador in April and the floods and droughts affecting countries such as Paraguay, Peru and Bolivia, the region needs to focus on improving disaster response, Alessandro Palmero said.
The envoy spoke at the opening of the 2016 EU Disaster Preparedness regional workshop in Asuncion.
Since 1995, the EU has provided more than 80 million euros ($90.9 million) for disaster risk reduction projects in South America.
After the workshop, Asuncion will host the first ministerial meeting on disaster risk reduction in the Americas.
The conference, which will be attended by senior officials from 35 countries, seeks to develop a roadmap for the implementation of the Sendai Framework adopted at the UN World Conference of Disaster Risk Reduction held in Japan last year.