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.
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.