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Quake-ravaged Nepal focuses on recovery of livelihood in reconstruction

KATHMANDU, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Recovery of livelihood must be the top priority during reconstruction of the quake-ravaged country, a new book titled "Strategic Framework for Resilient Livelihoods in Earthquake-Affected Areas of Nepal" has highlighted for Nepal which is in a rebuilding process.

Launched together by National Planning Commission and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu on Friday, the framework offers a roadmap to restore, revive and revitalize livelihoods and the country's economy.

"Livelihood recovery strategy must not only redress the damage caused by the earthquake, but it must also help build the resilience of communities to future shocks," Dr Govinda Raj Pokharel, vice-chairman of the National Planning Commission said while addressing the function.

The framework argues that long-term strategy is needed for recovery and restoration to sustainable livelihoods that are more resilient to future disasters.

Written by 18 authors, the framework explores a range of strategic choices and options for livelihood recovery.

Dr Pokharel said, "It is the right time to design programs and policies to utilize the resources so that the need of the affected people can be addressed in a sustainable manner."

On the occasion, an Information Platform Regarding Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction was also launched to deliver timely, credible and actionable data to support rehabilitation efforts.

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