Emergency Prepardness Reports
Conference on Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction 26-28 November 2008 – Kolkata, India
The global experience of the development community has demonstrated that Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) efforts approached from a social and behaviour change perspective ensure that the poorest, most vulnerable and marginalised communities understand the simple and practical actions required to protect lives and
personal assets in case of natural disasters.
In November 2008, UNICEF India, in partnership with the Government, UN and NGO agencies, hosted a CBDRR conference in Kolkata, convening 84 organisations from India and South/South East Asia. The conference provided a specialised forum to share experiences and good practices and underscored multiple mitigation interventions
that resulted in reduction of deaths and losses.
This downloadable publication is an attempt to document various initiatives, lessons learnt and best practices in the field of community-based disaster risk reduction from India and the region, aiming at serving a growing number of policymakers, donors and practitioners, who believe that the risk can be reduced at the community level with the active participation of the most vulnerable populations.
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