DRR or CCA: What matters in the end is resilient community. And that is what this issue aims at.
Disasters are often seen as extraordinary events that occur suddenly to cause widespread loss of life and property in the communities they strike. However, there are underlying causes of vulnerability that keep on incrementally increasing the exposure of a community to a disaster in over time. Thus, resilience building in an exercise of systematically identifying and reducing these underlying causes of vulnerability to build resilient communities.
This issue of Southasiadisasters.net focuses on the theme of ‘Building Resilient Communities: Linking Climate Change and DRR in Action Plans’ and highlights important areas for resilience building across different levels. Not only does this issue highlight the existing underlying causes of vulnerability but the emerging ones as well. For instance, climate change has had a profound impact on the exposure of communities to ‘climate induced disasters’. In this respect, this issue highlights the integration between adaptation to climate change and building resilience to disasters.
This issue’s contents includes: (i) Training Needs Assessment for DRR and CCA; (ii) Climate Change and Child Rights: An Assessment; (iii) BRACED: Building Resilience in Myanmar; (iv) Rural Development: Multisector Engagement for Disaster Risk Reduction; (v) Linking State Climate Change Action Plans and SDMPs to Enhance Risk Reduction Implementation in India; (vi) Are we Building Back Better? Lessons from South Asia and (vii) Integration of Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change.
Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Dr. K R Sastry, Formerly, Professor, Disaster Management, Dr. MCR HRD Institute, Hyderabad; Dr. Vijai Pratap Singh, Founder, Kalhans Education and Environmental Development Foundation, Basti, Uttar Pradesh; Jeremy Stone, BRACED, Alliance Coordinator, Plan International, Myanmar; Patrick Jasper, Asst. General Manager National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development; and Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Regional Programme Manager, Action on Climate Today, New Delhi.