Deutsche Post DHL Group and Partner, UNDP, host their internationally recognized Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) Programme

Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) support the Maldives authorities in their efforts to build resilience against future natural disasters.

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Deutsche Post DHL Group and the UNDP support the Maldives authorities in their efforts to build resilience against future natural disasters. The two partners teamed up with Maldives Airports Company Limited, National Disaster Management Centre and government officials, as well as representatives of the military and other humanitarian response experts in the South Asian island republic to host their internationally recognized Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) Programme from August 13 to 17 at Velana International Airport.

Over 35 officials and experts from the Maldivian airport authorities, government ministries, the Armed Forces and other humanitarian responders participated in the four-day GARD workshop, led by specialists from Deutsche Post DHL Group and UNDP. During the workshop, the participants and trainers assessed and evaluated the current level of preparedness at the airports, conducted training exercises, and developed specific recommendations and an action plan to ensure that the airports in the Maldives are prepared for future disasters.

The Maldives relies heavily on air routes to transport aid and supplies during times of emergency.  As part of the current GARD workshops, experts from Deutsche Post DHL Group and UNDP equipped participants with best-practice logistics management during natural disasters and worked with them to devise customized disaster-response plans for their airports. The workshops also raised awareness of Disaster Risk Reduction and identified priorities for investment in national infrastructure that could further improve the resilience of emergency supply chains during a disaster.

GARD Workshop
GARD Workshop
Chris Weeks, Director of Humanitarian Affairs for DHL
GARD Workshop