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Dilanthi was an invited participant of the 1st Stock-Taking Workshop, Resilient Cities Capacity Development (RCCD) Programme, held in September 19-21, 2012 in Incheon, Republic of Korea.This workshop was organised by the  UNISDR (United Nations Strategy for Disaster Reduction). She led  the discussion session on "Role and impact of DRR Networks for Local Capacity Development" and delivered the associated key speech. 

She further  introduced a framework that was developed to enhance capacities for disaster mitigation and reconstruction. The framework identifies several stakeholders against four stages of capacity enhancement. The framework introduced  provided an insight to the capacity enhancement process in disaster mitigation and reconstruction from a stakeholder perspective.

Disasters are not the necessary result of hazards but occur only when these hazards intersect with the environment, particularly poorly located and poorly constructed development. Since the ability of the built environment to withstand the impacts of hazards plays a direct role in determining the casualties and monetary costs of disasters, it is important to reduce the vulnerabilities within the built environment and enhance its capacity for disaster mitigation and reconstruction to achieve resilience to disasters.  It is indicated that the hazards cannot be managed and it is the characteristics of the built environment that can be managed. Therefore, it is essential to improve the capacities of the built environment in order to make it is less vulnerable to the impacts of disasters. In particular, capacity enhancement within different sectors in the society such as governments, non-state and private institutions and communities, in relation to the built environment enables to identify constraints and to plan and manage construction activities of the built environment effectively, efficiently and sustainably. 

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