Communities are a reservoir of collective wisdom for disaster risk reduction. Such wisdom and community practices, though some are lost, have been transferred over many years. The community is the key actor and primary beneficiary; they can make best judgment of their own vulnerability by use of own resources. Over the last couple of decades, it has become apparent that top-down approaches to disaster risk management alone fail to address the specific local needs of vulnerable communities. Given this fact, it has also become clear that there is a strong need to recognize the potential community knowledge and actions and to shift to a bottom-up approach that uses appropriate community practices as the base for policy formulation.
This session will highlight various innovative community practices to draw lessons from for how to advocate for and apply principles of community engagement in disaster risk reduction across different countries and levels of society. It will also provide participants with opportunities to discuss about bottom-up approaches linking up with national and international level to address the complexity of community’s vulnerability issues.
After attending the session, participants will be able to:
• Gain characteristics of community practices from case studies and their challenges
• Draw lessons of how to advocate and apply principles of community practices across different contexts and levels of society
• Opening (Introduction of participants and objectives)
• Overview of Community Knowledge and DRM
• Presentations on country case studies
• Presentation on findings and tools to be developed
• Q&A and general discussion
Mr. Rajib Shaw, Associate Professor; and
Ms. Yukiko Takeuchi, Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES), Kyoto University
Mr. Yasuo Kawawaki, Senior Expert
Ms. Akiko Nakamura, Senior Researcher
Mr. Makoto Ikeda, Researcher
Mr.Tetsuo Ibaraki, Senior Researcher
Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC)
Training and Learning Circle, Philippines
EAP professional staff working on DRM
• ASEAN and SOPAC member state counterparts
• Other partners and stakeholders such as academics, private sector practitioners, civil society groups that are active in the area of disaster risk management, environment, infrastructure, gender and finance
• National and sub national government officials
• World Bank staff in country offices
Please send us your name, organization, telephone number and e-mail address by this form or FAX (03-3597-9161).
There will be live-webcasting on the day of the session. A button allowing access to the live stream of the event will appear on the main program page shortly before the event begins.
To view webcasting, participants will need a PC with internet access, Windows media Player Version 10.0.
This session is part of a larger series. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2011 Series