Workshop - Learning from social and environmental histories to build resilient solutions for disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean – Monday 22 May, Cancun, Mexico.

Effective disaster risk management (DRM) requires an understanding of the social capacity of potentially affected communities, the environments in which they live and work, and the economic activities that these environments support. The resilience of communities and environments depends on their histories, including patterns of settlement, culture, politics, environmental degradation and stressors. Yet, these historical aspects are frequently overlooked in DRM, which can lead to inappropriate or short-lived solutions. To build resilience effectively, we need to understand communities and ecosystems as products of the past, and use this understanding to develop appropriate short- and long-term responses to disasters and build more resilient futures.

This workshop, to be held in advance of the Global Disaster Risk Reduction Platform in Cancun, Mexico, will explore the value of understanding history and culture as a lens to inform development policies around risk and resilience and how this approach can strengthen advocacy and policies in support of the Sendai Framework for Global Risk Reduction. It will examine two new historical research approaches to understanding and building resilience, which are being applied in projects in Dominica and Colombia, with a view to exploring how these could be expanded and applied in other countries and contexts.

The outcomes will include a briefing document around the potential role of history and culture in informing effective DRM, and new international, interdisciplinary partnerships across the academic, public and private sectors that will help to advance the research and policy agenda in support of the Sendai Framework.

Please click here to view a flyer about the event.

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