Sinapred authorities, regional and municipal government met with authorities of URACCAN Bilwi precinct
Inter-agency coordination to protect the population.
Neylin Calderon

Intercultural conversations that strengthen the basis of risk management from the academy

URACCAN has always participated in multi-threat exercises that take place at the national level. It also has a Risk Management plan and committees to safeguard the lives of the university community, for that reason it has worked with corresponding bodies, in this case with municipal, regional and national authorities. In this sense, the Bilwi compound was visited by Dr. Guillermo González, director of the National System of Prevention, Mitigation and Disaster Care (Sinapred).

Yamil Zapata, Departmental Political Secretary of the FSLN, participated in the municipalities of Puerto Cabezas, Waspam and Prinzapolka; Henry Herman, mayor of Puerto Cabezas, and other heads of state institutions. URACCAN Bilwi campus participated: coordinators, coordinators of educational areas, academic secretary, vice-chancellor general of URACCAN, and members of the Prevention Committee of this university campus.

More capabilities, more knowledge

Professor Yuri Zapata, deputy general vice-chancellor of URACCAN, said that from the university he has participated in each of the drills that are carried out at the national level. "In our institutional work from learning communities we have been transforming some careers, in this case, Agroforestry Engineering with a focus on Risk Management and Climate Change," he explained.

While Dr. Guillermo González, director of Sinapred, said that the visit to the university has been strategic and is in order to have more rapprochement with the university community, to establish agreements, where they develop professionals with research capabilities related to risk management issues, "there is a lot of work to be done," Gonzalez said.

"A fundamental pillar of the development of our 'Person, Family and Community' model is precisely the preparation from the protagonists, from home, from communities, obviously all university staff, professors, students, are part of the communities, with a big difference, universities accumulate technical skills, knowledge, experiences in very important topics of research and innovation," Dr González emphasized.

Recognition of teamwork

Since URACCAN's efforts with Sinapred, a diploma in Risk and Disaster Reduction Management, with municipal and regional institutions, was conducted in previous months with the aim of strengthening the capacities of the authorities in order to initiate processes for the review of disaster response plans.