Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Risk Reduction(199)
Disaster Risk Reduction is a systematic approach to identifying, assessing, developing and applying of policies, strategies and practices to minimise vulnerabilities and disaster risks throughout society.
02 December 2014

The world is moving into global climate change regimes that have no comparisons with the past. Hence, the past may not be the guide for countries as they tackle uncertainties and changing risks. This will require new strategies and discussions to deal with uncertainty. Community needs have to be factored in by both the science and policy communities, so research can offer answers to what concerns these communities have in this time of global change. Knowledge production needs to be broadened, going beyond scientists and policy makers to include other actors who matter. This multi-stakeholder production of knowledge and dialogue should include both private and state sectors, local communities, non-governmental organisations, and civil society organisations.  It is with this rationale that the APN, with its partner institutions, will embark on a dialogue: Global Climate Change: Reducing Risk and Increasing Resilience from 19-21 January, 2015, Bhutan. This is the second APN Sub-Regional Science-Policy Dialogue in a series planned in Pan-Asia that will culminate in a synthesis.

Countries Engaged: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Structure of the Dialogue: The dialogue is a three-day event that will engage more than 65 scientists and policy makers in South Asia, especially from Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  The dialogue will be organised in collaboration with the National Environment Commission, Royal Government of Bhutan. The dialogue consists of five sessions which include rapid talks from experts, participatory knowledge sharing panel sessions, carousel-type café kiosks, roundtable sessions, daily media round-up sessions and finishing with a synthesis of the three-day event.  Themes considered will be broad with the aim of discussing risk reduction and resilience in global climate change from urban to rural communities and some of the key topics will include:

  • Resilience: Agriculture and Food/Water Security
  • Disasters: Floods and droughts
  • Adaptation management and adaptive governance
  • Resilience and urbanisation (sprawling, unplanned, governance).
  • Low Carbon Development and Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Mainstreaming environment into planning and development

Calling for Partners and Participants for the South Asia Science Policy Dialogue

We are inviting partners who are working in South Asia to become involved and publicise their services and products related to global change at this event.  There are different ways in which your organisation or company can support the Science-Policy Dialogue.

The options include:

1. Become a PARTNER:

  • By covering the participation costs for a minimum of three mid-level policy makers from South Asia. The estimated cost per participant is 2500 USD including airfare, accommodation and daily subsistence allowance.
  • You will be recognised as a partner and organiser
  • You will have a free booth to disseminate information on your organisation
  • You will be listed in the Dialogue programme and your logo will be displayed together with other partners on banners and meeting bags.

Please contact Dr. Linda Stevenson (lastevenson@apn-gcr.org) if you are interested in becoming a partner.

2. Become an EXHIBITOR and share information about your project or services related to global change with influential policy makers and reputed scientists in South Asia.

Exhibit Fees

  • Single Space and A0 two poster panel (6 foot table) ­ $900
  • Single Space and A0 poster panel (6 foot table) ­ $500
  • Book or promotional Material Display ­ $100

Exhibit setup will begin after 4:00 PM on Sunday, 18 January 2015 and must be removed by 3:00 PM Wednesday, 21 January 2015. Exhibit Hours will commence from 9:00 AM on Monday 19th to 01:00 PM on Wednesday 21 January 2015.  Exhibitors are not required to pay any additional registration fee. One participant from the Exhibitor organisation is invited to participate in the dialogue as self-funded participant.


Interested scientists and policy makers working in the thematic areas are invited to attend the event as a self-funded participant.  Interested participants MUST currently be working in an APN South Asia member country (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka).  For registration, please contact the APN secretariat via email together with a detailed CV/Resume to: Dr.  Linda Stevensonlastevenson@apn-gcr.org  with a carbon copy to Ms. Taniya Koswatta tkoswatta@apn-gcr.org

A maximum of 15 self-funded participants will be selected on a “first come, first served” basis based on area of expertise. There is no registration fee for self-funded participants.

Downloand full announcement: South Asia SPD Announcement

12 November 2014

Click here for List of Participants and Presentation files

‘The difficult truth is that the way we are approaching disaster risks today is almost certainly not good enough to meet tomorrow’s challenges’. For a holistic approach to resilience building, it is important to integrate climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) because it would encompass a wider range of present and future risks. Several tools, methodologies and approaches have been developed which are targeted at mainstreaming CCA and DRR but the need for increased awareness and capacity in managing climate and disaster risks at various levels of governments in Southeast Asia still remain.

In the context of river management, rivers are susceptible to both natural and human-induced impacts. Yet, in turn, rivers can pose several challenges and can be very destructive if not managed properly. In order to reduce risks to human health, food security, environmental services, as well as social and economic development, there is a need to manage disaster risks and hazards in river systems.

As a continuation of capacity-building efforts in addressing needs in Southeast Asia, ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS), a sub-regional node of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network, organized a training workshop titled, a Training-Workshop titled “Resilience Building in River Management” was organized within the 2nd International River Summit: “Riviving Rivers, Rebuilding Civilization” on 19-21 November 2014 in Marikina City, Philippines. The workshop was aimed at building capacity on integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (CCA-DRR) into policies, programs and projects in the context of river management.

The event was attended by around 40 participants from nine countries, mostly from Southeast Asia, including some local executives as well as personalities from climate change offices and other relevant national agencies. Experts and practitioners in the field and some academics provided rich information about the linkages between CCA and DRR, existing CCA-DRR initiatives in the Southeast Asia and the application of these concepts in river management through case studies. Moreover, participants were guided into a practical and step-by-step guide on mainstreaming CCA-DRR into development planning as well as land use planning. Key points that surfaced in the discussions include the importance of evidence-based decision-making, multi-stakeholder engagement, recognition that resilience building needs a holistic approach and that it can be a strategy for poverty alleviation

Marikina City, Philippines
17 July 2014

"It's All About Making The Right Choices At The Right Time"


In a world where both natural and man-made disasters are affecting us with alarming frequency, the concepts of disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction (DRR) are top of the list of priorities of an increasing number of countries in Asia. Disaster Risk Reduction is a systematic approach to identify, assess and mitigate the risk of disaster. DRR aims to reduce socio-economic vulnerability to disaster as well as dealing with the environmental and other hazards that trigger them. DRR is not a one-off activity but instead an integral part of the way organisations do their work. DRR is wide-ranging; its scope is much broader and deeper than crisis management. This programme addresses the challenges of assessing hazards, vulnerability and resilience and maximizing community engagement to transform information gathered into a professional plan aligned with Government and other agencies.


Staff of development organisation involved in the design, execution and coordination of project and programmes. This includes (future) project managers/coordinators, portfolio managers, desk officers and programme officers from development related organizations including donors, government departments, civil society groups, (I)NGO’s and charities.


  • Understand the concepts of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and disaster management.
  • Explain the relationship between hazards, vulnerability, capacity and disaster risk.
  • Explain what community based disaster risk management (CBDRM) is, its aim, main features and approach how disaster risk can be reduced through CBDRM.
  • Demonstrate the use of participatory rural appraisal (PRA) tools in collecting and analysing information for Hazard Vulnerability Capacity Analysis (HVCA) for developing a DRR plan.


  • Definitions and basic concepts
  • Disaster risk assessment
  • Community based disaster risk reduction/management
  • Steps of community based disaster risk management (CBDRM)
  • Participatory tools used for data and information collection on hazards, vulnerabilities, capacity analysis (HVCA)
  • Analysis of data and information
  • Formulating a DRR plan
  • DRR monitoring and evaluation
  • Stakeholder analysis and coordination with relevant organization for DRR


  1. Language: English
  2. Dates: 15 - 17 September 2014
  3. Course fee: € 450
  4. Country: Islamabad, Pakistan
    (The course fee includes lunch, snacks, course material and a certificate)

Follow the link and register online: http://www.mdf.nl/course/drr-a-1/#.U8egL5SSw6k

Mr. Yaseen Ariff
Marketing Assistant - MDF Asia
Mobile: +94 777 989 327
Tel: +94 11 2808121 or 11 2805122

Islamabad, Pakistan


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