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Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in the context of local culture

Where and when

Baguio City, Philippines. 28 December 2015 to 14 January 2016

Theme description

Helping a disaster-prone community understand how they can contribute to reducing the risks they face as a result of climate change.

Project description

With partner organizations Center for Disaster Preparedness and Shountog Foundation, participants will learn about the effects of climate change and existing means of local disaster risk reduction. From interacting with the community, participants will learn the different ways in which climate change is affecting the lives of individuals and gain a better understanding of what goes on in a disaster prone developing country like the Philippines, gaining a more concrete and meaningful perspective on how environmental changes figure into the lives of people.

There is another theme of transmitting awareness and information between and among interest groups and individuals that runs throughout the programme. This will be touched upon through activities and discussions run by CISVers and working with the partner organizations, and will culminate in a body of work (articles, videos, blogs) that communicates the entire IPP experience. We will also be depending on a partner organization to help participants develop the capacity and skills to do so, perhaps inviting people working in journalism and film to give a short workshop.

Participant profile

Successful participants should have an interest in and willingness to learn more about climate change and disaster management. They should be ready to contribute documentation skills such as photography, video-making and story-telling.

Ideally, interested participants would have indirectly or directly come into contact with a natural disaster in their country. This could be from first-hand experience or from being involved in some phase of disaster management.  Involvement can be as simple as having packed relief goods for deployment or having collected clothes, blankets, and other basic necessities for communities dealing with the aftermath.

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