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About DRDM


Who We Are

Who We Are

We are the Division for Risk Management and Disaster Management; planners to reduce or eliminate future risks, practising to be in a state of readiness to respond, coordinating immediate reaction or relief to save lives liasing with partners in the process of recovery and restoration.


What We Do

What We Do

We do continuous exercises and drills with agencies/partners on small & large scales to better mitigate, prepare, respond and for better recovery of any disastrous events/emergencies in Seychelles.

The Division od Risk & Disaster Management (DRDM) function by addressing the 4 phases of the disaster management continuum:

  • Preparedness
  • Prevention
  • Response
  • Recovery

Evolution of DRDM

Evolution of DRDM

A National Disaster Committee (NDC) was created in Seychelles in 1995. It exists in the President Office to look into all natural disasters which may hit Seychelles and its prime objectives are prevention and preparation of National Disaster Response Plan (NDPR). The President sometimes chairs the meetings of the NDC whenever the situation is catastrophic and warrants such high level strategic leadership. The NDC is under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary of the President’s Office; and it comprises members such as the Principal Secretaries of Key ministries as well as high-ranking officers in charge of the essential services such as Met Office, Police and Defence Force, environment, etc.

The Department of Risk and Disaster Management (DRDM) of Seychelles was created in October 2004 as the National Disaster Secretariat for the NDC. Two months later the tsunami impacted Seychelles. Then the National Disaster Secretariat was upgraded as the Department of Risk and Disaster Management in December 2006. The Department, then started to be headed by Principal Secretary, assisted by a Director General and in 2008 a director for impact assessment.

From there on DRDM was moved under the Ministry of Environment & turned into 2 Divisions with a Director General each. Later DRDM was rearranged to become one Division. From December 2016 the President of the Republic upgraded DRDM to a Department. DRDM is targeting to become an Agency in order to fully accomplish its goals.


DRDM Vision

DRDM Vision

To minimize the impacts of climate change through concerted and proactive action at all levels of society.

This vision is supported by the following key principles which seek to create the framework for the effective implementation of the action plan. These key principles have been derived from the SWOT analyses and represents the opportunities, whilst taking into account the potential weaknesses and threats. Seychelles has implemented two generations of Environment Management Plan, and as a consequence has laid the foundations for the implementation of these identified opportunities. A number of critical weaknesses exist, some of which is being tackled as part of a national reform process which resulted in the transformation of the economy into an open market system and the downsizing of the public service to increase effectiveness and reduce bureaucracy.