June 7, 2007
Contact: GROOTS INTERNATIONAL/HUAIROU COMMISSION
Grassroots innovators urge policy makers at UNISDR Global Platform
Report on National Mechanisms Workshop 4.1.4 From
This working group shared and analyzed risk reduction strategies
initiated by a range of actors involved in implementing HFA . The panelists
- from Peru, India and Jamaica – presented initiatives for hazard
mapping, safe construction and sustainable livelihoods which are being
scaled up through grassroots women’s partnerships with local and
Existing policies and programs do not adequately value the efforts of women and their communities in coping with disasters. Nor do they build on lessons learned, from community actions to cope with disasters.
Establish a Global Community Disaster Risk Reduction Facility that channels funds to hazard prone, and at-risk, poor communities and their local authorities to demonstrate and scale up DRR strategies and enable their active participation in realizing the Hyogo Framework for Action.
Engage Local Community Innovators As Technical Experts in Risk and Vulnerability Reduction
Establish community to community exchange and networking mechanisms and technical assistance protocols that enable community experts —to train and transfer their knowledge and skills. Transferring bottom-up sustainable livelihoods, safe/affordable construction methods, asset protection, food security, community wide information sharing and mobilization approaches will capacitate CBOs to partner with local authorities and take ownership of the HFA.
Measurable Targets for Community Participation and Local Action in Reducing Risks
Declare and commit 20% all global/national DRR resources for community based implementation and monitoring initiatives in 2008 and that by 2013 the share will have increased to 30% of global and national DRR investment.
Disaster Watch is an initiative by the Huariou Commission to support