The Brooke Central America has been working with the Nicaraguan government ministry responsible for disaster preparedness (SINAPRED), to promote the importance of addressing livestock needs in emergency response, and the use of the LEGS Approach as a key means to do this.
Following a LEGS Training course last year with participants from government bodies and other stakeholders, LEGS has now been incorporated into the SINAPRED disaster assessment tool (EDAN). A second LEGS training is carried on this month to train more government personnel at national and sub-national levels, and to incorporate LEGS into other SINAPRED tools including planning and preparedness.
To complement these activities at national level, The Brooke is also working at community level with local NGO partners. LEGS training will be provided to community members to help them apply LEGS tools in their disaster preparedness and response planning.
Links have also been made with the regional body CEPREDENAC, which brings together national disaster response agencies across Central America, to explore opportunities based on the Nicaragua experience and learn how to spread the approach in other countries in the region.