Child-led disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Children are usually considered passive recipients of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities. However, following the successful first Child Led Disaster Risk Reduction (CLDRR) programme in Cuba, the model is being replicated and adapted in various disaster–prone and affected countries, particularly in Asia and Latin America.
Many agencies working in disaster -prone situations have realised the potential of the CLDRR programme for minimising risks within local communities. Research is now suggesting that children are effective risk communicators and agents of social change within their households and their immediate communities. CLDRR also creates opportunities for children affected by disasters to recover from the trauma of their experiences. Case studies reveal that involving children not only facilitates the humanitarian efforts of agencies, but it is a process for personal psycho-social rehabilitation.
CLDRR also provides a valuable entry point for more equitable processes for adaptation to climate change, particularly over medium term timescales that are meaningful to children and their pathway into adulthood. However, scaling up CLDRR to national level advocacy and policy spaces remains a huge challenge. It requires a change of perception and attitude of adults, and acknowledging children’s role in contributing to DRR strategies.
- Children in disasters: after the cameras have gone
- A. Jabry / Plan 2002
- Exposure to a disaster is a traumatic experience for any person, but particularly so for a child. This report presents three case studies which illustrate practical lessons from Plans experience of working with children in disas...
- Child-led disaster risk reduction: a practical guide
- L. Benson; J. Bugge / Save the Children [Sweden] 2007
- This guide, and the examples within it, show the varied, productive and leading roles children can play in disaster risk reduction (DRR). The guide states that it is crucial that as the most vulnerable section of society, children are...
- Child focused disaster risk reduction
- Asian Disaster Preparedness Center 2007
- This Handbook is a review on existing literature and case studies in India and Philippines which have a specific focus on integrating children in to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policies and programmes. It is part of a course organis...
- Children as agents of change for disaster risk reduction: lessons from El Salvador and the Philippines
- T. Tanner; T. Mitchell; K. Haynes / Children in a Changing Climate 2009
- This paper explores children’s voices in disaster risk reduction (DRR) policy spaces and their capacity to communicate disaster risk to their parents and larger community. It challenges the traditional development approaches whi...