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Community Based Disaster Preparedness

In the event of any disaster, it is the members of the affected local community who are the first responders, primary beneficiaries and principal actors. Disasters and emergencies are known to overwhelm the response capacities of communities leading to large-scale loss of life, property and livelihoods. It is therefore imperative to build the capacity of the local community to effectively respond to disasters and emergencies. One way of doing this is by enhancing the preparedness level of the community through capacity building initiatives.

The north-eastern state of Assam is of special strategic and cultural importance to India. Not only does it bind India to the north-east India, it is also blessed with many natural resources and can be considered a biological hotspot teeming with rare animal and plant species. However, Assam is exposed to a variety of climate and disaster risks. These include earthquakes, landslides, floods, and strong winds. Floods and the resulting everlasting riv…

Resilience to Disaster and Climate Risks in Education

Education is taken as a key sustainable development indicator and the need to scale up and mainstream CCA and DRR in the education sector is imminent and unavoidable even at the local administrative levels, as it is a key policy and planning strategy for increasing children's capacity to become agents of change and enhancing their resilience to climate change and disasters.
The demand and debate for mainstreaming climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in to key development sectors has potentially seen the most rapid expansion over the past decade. The recently promulgated global frameworks be it the Sendai Framework, the Sustainable Development Goals or the Paris Climate Agreement, have equally voiced the concern for having an integrated approach to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) across sectors.

Since children are one of the hardest hit demographic group by climate change and disasters, their rights need to be protected. According t…