Disaster Risk Reduction

Extreme weather and cli­mate events inter­act with vul­ner­a­ble human and nat­ural sys­tems, lead­ing to dis­as­ters. Build­ing resilience to cli­mate change involves prepar­ing com­mu­ni­ties at risk to cope with more fre­quent and severe climate-related haz­ards such as storms, floods, for­est fires, land­slides or droughts.

Climate change related desasters affect vulnerable communities most

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Dis­as­ter Risk Reduc­tion (DRR) is a com­pre­hen­sive approach that inte­grates sus­tain­able devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives with dis­as­ter prepa­ra­tion, mit­i­ga­tion and management.

Based on a grow­ing body of knowl­edge on the rela­tion­ship between cli­mate change and dis­as­ters, DRR is increas­ingly being used to inform the adap­ta­tion and mit­i­ga­tion strate­gies of climate-affected com­mu­ni­ties.  Plant­ing trees to reduce the risk of ero­sion and land­slides, or man­grove recov­ery to reduce coastal flood­ing are exam­ples of activ­i­ties which pro­duce co-benefits for cli­mate adap­ta­tion, mit­i­ga­tion and dis­as­ter risk management.

Dis­as­ter Risk Reduc­tion (DRR) aims to reduce the dam­age caused by nat­ural haz­ards like earth­quakes, floods, droughts and cyclones, through an ethic of pre­ven­tion.“  The United Nations Office for Dis­as­ter Risk Reduction

Inte­grate Cli­mate recog­nises that local com­mu­ni­ties are the first to respond to dis­as­ters and are key actors in DRR. We focus on community-based Dis­as­ter Risk Reduc­tion that val­ues local cul­tures, envi­ron­ments, and socio-economic con­di­tions. We utilise age and gender-sensitive approaches that reach out to entire com­mu­ni­ties, to strengthen over­all resilience to disasters.