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Turning practice into policy

A paper linking community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) best practice with government policy

2007 Available in English

Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) existed before it gained its formal structure and governance. Simply, people and communities are used to helping to take care of each other’s needs during a disaster.

CBDRM was formed to help communities organise themselves in an effective way to prevent crises and protect the vulnerable, particularly against the increasing severity of climate change. In order to support and grow the CBDRM approach, it is important not only to demonstrate good practice at the local level (Phase 1 of the report) but also to identify the challenges in linking CBDRM with government policy and practice (Phase 2 of the report).

This report is for disaster risk reduction (DRR) practitioners who want to scale up robust community based disaster risk management (CBDRM) programmes.

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