From a reactive to proactive then people centered approach to Disaster Risk Reduction

This document reviews ongoing good practices for disaster risk reduction (DRR), and explores how these can be scaled and used as inspiration so that instead of being just exceptions to the norm, they can be converted into standard practice.

The publication presents several case studies with details about the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), which preceded the Sendai Framework. The key focus areas covered are:

  • the creation of a culture of prevention at the level of national and local government;
  • the visibility of national and local government leadership with regards to risk assessment;
  • the growing participation of children and young people in DRR;
  • the partnerships between communities and international and local agencies for vulnerability reduction; and
  • the cross-cutting nature of the HFA.

The lessons derived for the Sendai Framework explain the importance of:

  • collaboration with multiple stakeholders including communities, women and the private sector;
  • environmental policies that are fixated on a future vision of the city; and
  • strengthening of infrastructure though a 'build back better' approach.
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