CXB Rain Gauges

One of the four main responsibilities which Chris Piper had, when he was deployed by Redr Australia with UNDP in Cox’s Bazar for three months (Apr-July 2018) as their ‘Early Warning Dissemination and Training Specialist’, was to project manage the installment of automated rain gauges in three Rohingya camp locations in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.  The link to the article here describes this particular project, which contributes to a ‘toolbox’ of initiatives designed to reduce risk, and improve safety, for the Rohingya refugee population.

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CP Rohingya Mission

Chris Piper was contracted and deployed by Redr Australia as an ‘Early Warning Dissemination and Training Specialist’ for UNDP from April-July 2018.  This was down in Cox’s Bazar District in Bangladesh, where the international comunity is working in support of the Government of Bangladesh to provide humanitarian assistance for around 1.3 million people, this comprising just less than a million Rohingya refugees, and the rest, Bangladeshi host communities.  The link below describes the key aspects of his work over that period.

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He is now producing three separate short (two page) articles, describing some of this work in more detail.  This includes the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) training he carried out for the Bangladeshi NGO, BRAC; the landslide related initiative focussing on the implementation of a small number of automated rain gauges around the refugee camps; and some comments on some of the brilliant grass-roots level work being carried out by the Communication with Communities (CwC) network out there. The first two of these reports (DRM training, and landslide-related rain gauges) are included below.  The third article (CwC) will be added in the forthcoming days.

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As part of his ongoing teaching, Chris updates the monthly Summary Sheet entitled ‘Understanding the Rohingya Crisis’.  This both summarises the humanitarian situation in Cox’s Bazar, and also includes key references related to the complex emergency in both Bangladesh and Myanmar.

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Finally, Chris teaches about the Rohingya crisis in the accredited TorqAid online Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program.  This consists of six modules (four focussing in on DRM; and one each on Participatory Project Management {PPM} and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies {CHEs}).  The link to the DRM brochure is givcen here.

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CXB-DRM-training

This reference links the reader to the one day Disaster Risk Management (DRM) training carried out by Chris Piper for BRAC – www.brac.net in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on the 7th May 2018. Chris was at the time a Redr Australia deployee attached to UNDP, where his official title was Earely Warning Dissemination and Training Specialist. On the training side, it should be noted that he is a qualified and experienced adult educator, university lecturer, and secondary school teacher. The links below lead the read to both a short summary of this training day, together with a longer description of this.

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In the workshop summaries, mention is made of a number of key diagrams, which have been customised to the Bangladeshi and Cox’s Bazaar context. These are the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram, and Risk Matrix. The links to the jpeg copies are these three diagrams are given below.

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cp-humanitarian-expert

Chris Piper is a multi-skilled, multi-lingual Global Humanitarian Practitioner who works as a Humanitarian Adviser, trainer and research. A link to a three page summary of these skills can be accessed here.

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Chris’s skills cover the spectrum of the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC), namely Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Emergency Response, and Recovery. Follow the link below to an article on the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) diagrammatic framework, which includes details of these three stages of the DRMC.

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Chris also facilitates acrredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) workshops and an online program. Over the past 15 yars over 110 DRM and Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops have been facilitated across Australia and overseas. The online DRM program consists of six modules, four relating to DRM, one to PPM, and the final one to Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs). Follow the link below to the current online DRM program, as well as to a generic DRM workshop which can be customised for clients.

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Bangla Boat

This picture, that which we’ve called ‘Bangla Boat’, is one of the seven Bangladeshi fishing boats which are pulled up to Cox’s Bazar city beach just to the south of the new Sayeman hotel. Chris (Piper) used to run past these on his morning jogs along the beach (armed with little stones and sticks to ward off the sometimes aggressive dogs!). The picture shows local fisherman (and enthusiastic volunteers) pulling one of these boats up out of the high water mark, after a night’s fishing. These beautifully shaped and crafted vessels are well recognized sights by humanitarian staff based in Cox’s Bazar District working in support of the 900,000 or so Rohingya refugees. A number of these boats are passed on the coastal road south of the city as vehicles make their way down, and then across, into the refugee camps. The boats can be observed both on the beaches, and also hidden in river inlets. When humanitarian practitioners people pull in for their return trip ‘coconut stop’, there are a series of about a dozen of these fishing boats in the beach background.

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