Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) Manual in Lao PDR — Scaling-up Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction in Lao PDR

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What is the CBDRR Manual?

The CBDRR Manual is a practical ‘how-to’ guide on community-based disaster risk reduction for government and non-government agencies in Lao PDR. It is a commonly agreed document to be referred to by agencies working on CBDRR in Lao PDR. It provides guidance and support for systematic implementation of CBDRR programs by explaining each of the steps as well as tools used.

The manual will also support the Government of Lao PDR (GoL) to monitor CBDRR activities, oversee progress of activities implemented by di erent actors and locations, provide necessary support on CBDRR technical knowledge as well as provide a reference point for replication of initiatives for local government and implementing agencies.

The manual was developed through a series of consultations with key stakeholders working on CBDRR in the country both from government and non-government agencies. Therefore, the CBDRR manual is based on common activities implemented by different stakeholders in Lao PDR incorporating country regulations, government perspective and concerns.

Having a set of suggested activities that guide the implementation of CBDRR will help achieve more consistent implementation of related programs in Lao PDR. However, this does not mean that activities carried out using other methodologies should not be implemented or are invalid. Based on the needs of the communities, specific requirements of the donors as well as nature of the programs, any other activities can be implemented when time and resources allow for additional activities. There is no limitation as to the amount of additional activities that can be implemented under one specific program.

What can be found in the CBDRR Manual?

The CBDRR manual provides a detailed description of each of the eight CBDRR implementation steps as well as an introductory chapter about CBDRR in Lao PDR.

Part I is an introductory part which gives background information about CBDRR in Lao PDR. It has a small section about importance of CBDRR in Lao PDR, the stakeholders of CBDRR in the country, as well as an overview about the challenges and opportunities when implementing CBDRR in Lao PDR.

Part II contains the instructions on how to conduct the eight step process agreed upon by government and non-government agencies working on CBDRR in Lao PDR. The 8 steps involved are:

  • Pilot site selection
  • Baseline study
  • Capacity building for CBDRR facilitators
  • Capacity building for VDPCC
  • Community disaster risk assessment
  • Participatory disaster risk management planning
  • Community managed-implementation
  • Participatory monitoring and evaluation