Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Resilient communities. The Red Cross experience in Sri Lanka.

Confused about resilient communities, risk reduction, Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM), community capacity and resilience ? It's simple! Have a look at the short movie the Red Cross made in Sri Lanka.

With increasing trends of disasters, communities as well as the institutions engaged in disaster management were compelled to be proactive to reduce the impact of disasters. Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) approach gained wider acceptance by the Sri Lanka government and other DM actors as a key strategy to develop community capacity and resilience. The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society has been identified as one of the key actor in implementing CBDRM interventions in the Government Road Map and the National Disaster Management Plan.

In line with the government framework, the SLRCS CBDRM interventions focused on conducting participatory risk profiling through hazard, vulnerability and capacity assessments followed by developing community risk reduction plans, organizing community as village disaster management committees, training community level response teams and equipping with response gear, identifications of safe evacuation routes, installation of signboards, conducting simulation exercises/drills, identifying and implementing small scale community managed mitigation activities, carrying out DM awareness programmes and distribution of information, education and communication materials.

"Together we prepare" looks at how the CBDRM project has been effective on a community level. The documentary focuses on the Mulhalkale village in the Nuwara Eliya District, one of the key locations that are most vulnerable towards landslides every year. The villagers of Mulhalkale was relocated from the 2006 earth slip. The documentary looks at how the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society along with other partner national societies have taken up the challenge of equipping these villagers to be prepared for future disasters.

The documentary also looks at why its quite crucial to invest on risk reduction as natural disasters intensifies every year.


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