“Reporting from the one but last day of the WCDRR:

Negotiations are almost complete on the framework, the governments are still trying to finalist it though.

Sitting now at the Children and Youth conference listening to Hikata from Japan talking about her experiences after the great earthquake. They have just concluded the a children and youth forum, and the outcomes were presented:
– The strengths of youth was highlighted. Understanding risk – youth are ready to be part of the open data, of being part of the research on understanding risk. When networks fail, youth can be used to use their networks to share the information, as they are constantly accessing knowledge.
– Investing in resilience – need to ensure gay youth are advocating this. Youth take charge. Psychological support is needed. Youth need be engaged in the journey of resilience, as it is a journey and not a destination.
Youth are ready! Are you ready to take the next step with us?
Is how the youth finished their statement.

In the morning I sat at the ‘From Sendai to Quito: the new urban agenda’ which introduced Habitat III. The issues and reasons for urbanization were discussed but the emphasis was on how to build a more holistic city involving social scientists, the community in all it’s heterogeneity, the planners, the designers, the structural people, if we are to meet the challenge.

Moving on later to visit the booths in L park in a bit, and then back to the conference centre for the Sasakawa Award.

Look forward to the next update, when we will have the new framework!”

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6 AMCDRR Photo Gallary

DSC_0286Dr. Vishaka Hildellage presenting the voluntary commitments of the Gender Stakeholder Group at the final plenary

DSC_0269Looking forward to Sendai…!

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6th AMCDRR Highlights

 The 6AMCDRR was concluded with a beautiful performance of traditional drumming and dancing, after all the speeches were done. One of the highlights was a lovely dance by girls who transformed to beautiful dancers just after performing a stunning and energetic drumming item.

The closing ceremony was short. Before the Thai government read out the Bangkok Declaration the stakeholders recognized by the IAP (Asia platform for DRR) were given an opportunity to spell out their commitments to making HFA2 a success.

We on behalf of the stakeholder group on gender and women’s issues in DRR, presented our observations and commitments. We noted the low participation of women at high level negotiations and urged to set a minimum target of 30% participation in Sendai. We declared our plans to organize training for government officials to improve the capacity of negotiators on gender sensitivity as our commitment towards this. Promotion of the use of sex and age disaggregated data in planning and implementing DRR work in South Asia  with the leadership of SDMC (the SAARC Disaster Management Centre), linking up with other regions, with other key forums and post 2015 agendas such as SDGs and CC, making available the tools and methodologies for capacity building were highlighted as few of our key commitments.
Detailed documents of voluntary commitments and agreed actions by the SHG are available in the link


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6 Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR)

6AMCDRR_pic(from their official web site – http://6thamcdrr-thailand.net/6thamcdrr)
We, Ramona, Mathi, Actuyut and Vishaka are at the Centara Grand convention centre here in Bangkok since last evening. Despite the political situation in Thailand it looks like the 6AMCDRR (6th Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR) scheduled to start tomorrow is going to be a successful event with good participation. Duryog Nivaran, currently chaired by Practical Action, is the lead organisation of the Asia Pacific stakeholder group (SHG) on Gender and Women’s issues in DRR. The pre conference meeting we organized this morning was well attended by individuals representing diverse groups who gave inputs to final drafts of the documents that we have the responsibility to analyse from a gender and women’s perspective and provide feedback to the governments and UNISDR. Based on these discussions we used the 5 min slot we got at the preconference plenary chaired by Margareta Waltstrom, to highlight continuing gaps in DRR discourse such as low capacity of officials at all levels to address gender issues, issues of women and gender and need for considering these as private sector plans to become an active stakeholder in DRR and media’s role in empowering women for DRR.



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We look forward to your inputs…!

Women as a force in resilience building, gender equity in DRR

‘Women as a force in resilience building, gender equity in DRR’ is one of the seven key areas that has been identified for further exploration in the Asia Pacific region to be fed into formulating the HFA2, which will be adopted in the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3WCDRR) in March 2015.  Duryog Nivaran as the lead of the UNISDR Stakeholder Group on gender and women’s issues (GSG) will lead and coordinate this Key area

Please Send in your inputs and any material that you think is reverent.

Research plan Key Area 4(25th Nov)


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 A compendium of good practices.

This compendium presents good practices of the community based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) approach implemented under a Disaster Preparedness project in the North and East of Sri Lanka, supported by the Disaster Preparedness ECHO (DIPECHO). Learning drawn from the project can be replicated and built into future interventions. The compen-dium also highlights the post-conflict scenario, and how CBDRR approach can be a gateway to strengthen women’s leadership, govern-ance, sustainable livelihood and agricultural practices.

Oxfam PA report.

Full document :


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“RESILIANCE” What is it all about?


An experience sharing seminar will be held at the Disaster Managment Center Sri Lanka, on the 20th September 2013, form 3.00pm onwards. The key note speaker will be Mr. Marcus Oxley, the Executive Director of Global Network of Civil Society Organization for Disaster Reduction, (GNDR)  The Co-organizers of the event are Duryog NIvaran, Practical Action-Janathakshan and DMC.

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The noble paddy culture in South Asia challenged by the Climate change..!

Asia and the Pacific, 90% of the total diverted freshwater is used to irrigate agriculture, and more than 50% of this is used to irrigate rice. The growing scarcity of water worldwide has started to influence conventional irrigated rice production. By 2025, physical water scarcity will affect an estimated 15 million hectares. Climate change estimates predict the irrigation water deficit and the intensity and frequency of water shortage to deteriorate further. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that about 1.2 billion people could face freshwater shortages by 2020 and that crop yields in some parts of the region could drop by as much as 30% by 2050. This will impact both irrigated and rain-fed agriculture.


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Read the full report: Development and Dissemination of Climate-Resilient(1)

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$10 billion for climate resilience?

By; Haseeb Md. Irfanullah

The World Meteorological Organization branded 2001-2010 as “a decade of climate extremes”. Over that decade, the yearly average number of severe storms with ‘names’ was 25 percent more than the average of 1981-2010. This surely indicates a severe decade ahead of us.

The United Nations’ Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) 2013 adds further to our worry. It estimates that at least 50 percent of the direct financial losses are from smaller disasters taking place at the country level and is not counted in the global calculations604






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What really happened in Uttarakand?

The recent Uttarakand disaster has left more than 800 people dead and many more missing. There have been many stories on what really happened and what really caused this disaster. The media hype over the disaster is slowing down and the reality is emerging.

An article in the Landslide blog of the American Geographical Union looks into the history in the area and looks at the land use changes that have taken place near the “Kendranath temple” over the last 50 years. It uses photographs and satellite imagery to clearly indicate the extent of land use change in terms of haphazard development. It seems that the main reason for the disaster is bad development choices. It is important to note that South Asia Disaster Report (SADR 2008) argued “The disasters, by and large are designed by the conscious and unconscious human interventions, exacerbated by reactive thinking, policy failures and institutional neglect”. The information emerging from Uttarakand reinforces this argument.

Duryog Nivaran feels that the business as usual post disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation in the area would not reduce risk of future disasters unless all agencies involved in the rehabilitation and reconstruction process evaluate the future risks and integrate risk reduction measures in a holistic manner. Furthermore, the state government and the centre could not disregard the environmental and social safeguard issues any longer and development strategies for the area has to rethink before the next tragedy.  


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 The valley 50 years ago

The temple valley 50 yeasr ago


  The valley after the flood.

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