Poor communities are usually the first and hardest hit by disasters, extreme climate events, and violence. Climate change has increased the risks of disasters as storms and droughts have become both more intense and more unpredictable, threatening the livelihoods of the poor.
Our resilience-building approach is focused on the livelihoods of the poor. We work with communities to implement disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation programs directed at:
- Preserving and protecting livelihood assets including land, forests and water.
- Diversifying livelihood sources that do not contribute to risks and climate change.
- Empowering communities to identify, understand, and manage their risks and vulnerabilities.
In working with vulnerable communities in Myanmar, South Sudan, the Philippines and elsewhere, we are guided by our Community-managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) program, which puts the communities at the forefront of all important actions. We build the capacities of communities to reduce and manage their disaster risks by conducting hazard assessments, making vulnerability and hazard maps to determine water ways, and training communities to develop action plans and allocate resources to minimize the impact of hazard when it occurs.