Academic Programs

BS Disaster Management

Why a Degree in Disaster Management?

Globally the frequency and intensity of hazards that develop into emergencies and disasters has drastically increased. In Pakistan alone, since 1947 the impact of disasters, especially in recent years, has claimed more than 112,000 lives and inflicted losses of more than $28.3 billion. The importance of Disaster Risk Management is enshrined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) and is linked with 8 out of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 2030).

Pakistan as a developing country aims to manage its disasters through achieving of sustainable social, economic, and environmental development by reducing risks and vulnerabilities. Furthermore, through adoption of a decentralized approach it aims to develop its institutional capacities for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Yet the relatively recent earthquake of 2005, and the floods of 2010 (and subsequent years) revealed the high vulnerability of the economy and the communities to natural disasters.

Currently, various institutional arrangements have been erected at national and provincial levels to improve the management of disasters. The UN and the Government of Pakistan have initiated Pakistan One UN Programme III (UNSDF/OPIII 2018-2022) by aligning Pakistan’s Vision 2025 with the UN SDGs. Also, appropriate implementation of the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) and National Flood Protection Plan IV (NFPP-IV) needs to take place. Hence, the demand for highly qualified Disaster Management professionals will continue to increase nationwide in the mid to long run as understanding and implementation of Disaster Risk Management improves in Pakistan.

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