WFP Brings Aviation Safety Awareness To Nepal
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Published on 6 June 2014

WFP in partnership with Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and Airlines Operator's Association of Nepal (AOAN) is organizing a five-day Aviation Safety Campaign in Nepal.  Photos: WFP/Deepesh Shrestha

Around 200 participants from the aviation industry in Nepal are learning about aviation safety and risk management - a priority campaign for WFP's Aviation Unit in order to help the industry respond to emergencies in an effective and efficient manner.

KATHMANDU - A five-day aviation safety campaign took off in Nepal on Wednesday bringing in aviation authorities, decision makers, aviation professionals and airlines operators to discuss and recommend key actions to meet a common objective of reducing aviation-related risks in the Himalayan country.


The campaign is jointly organized by World Food Programme Aviation Safety Unit, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN).


“The main objective of this campaign is to promote aviation safety culture in Nepal,” said Samir Sajet, WFP Regional Aviation Safety Officer who is based in Sharjah, UAE. “We are bringing international expertise from different locations, with solid knowledge in the Aviation Industry and experiences from various international aviation organizations. We aim to provide safety information and ways to reduce risks associated with air operation in order have safe and reliable passenger and cargo services in the event of humanitarian crises.” 


Around 200 participants from aviation industry are learning about aviation safety concerns, runway safety, emergency response plan, hazard identification and risk management, and threat and error management.


Nepal’s rugged terrain and lack of infrastructure pose a significant challenge to delivering food to the needy in the remote corners of the country. 


“In a country like Nepal, air transport is the fastest and safest way to deliver food and relief materials during a humanitarian disaster. That’s why we place a great focus on aviation safety in order to ensure a swift response in coordination with the local stakeholders and air operators,” said Marco Cavalcante, WFP Nepal Officer-In-Charge.


“The aviation safety campaign is part of an evolving WFP which does not just deliver food assistance, but also puts emphasis on building partnerships with the government and other partners in order to share expertise and develop capacities in the field of aviation,” added Marco. 


WFP Aviation has been recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), civil aviation authorities and a large number of carriers as a legitimate collaborator that assists in air safety initiatives around the world through organizing various aviation safety activities such as conferences, trainings courses and workshops.

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Deepesh Das Shrestha

Public Information Officer

Deepesh has been WFP's Public Information Officer in Nepal since March, 2010.