Promoting community resilience through disaster risk reduction at community level

 
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Activity site for Red Cross Seychelles community resilience ... , Mahe, Seychelles © MFF Seychelles, 2012

Objectives

This project aims to address the need of improving local awareness about disaster risk management and reduction. Its primary objective is to strengthen community resilience through a disaster risk reduction approach at community level in the districts of Roche Caiman, Anse Boileau and Ile Perseverance.

Background

The project recognizes that disaster risk reduction, beyond an emergency response to natural disasters, is a management response that increases a community's resilience, or its ability to cope with a changing environment. The Red Cross Society of Seychelles (RCSS), the project implementer, is the national society mandated to mobilize citizens and communities for disaster risk reduction activities.

Target beneficiaries

The project encourages a multi-stakeholder participatory approach by bringing national, district, and local community stakeholders together. For example, the Ministry of Local Government provide supports as the meeting facilitator between district authorities and residents in communities. The country's Department of Risk and Disaster Management (DRDM) participates in the project by providing national data for project analysis, as well as in overseeing the VCA for all three districts. The results of the project, in particular the community VCA, will directly contribute to DRDM's national data and assist in national implementation of its activities.

Outputs

One of the key outputs of the project is a community-led Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments (VCA), the results of which are used in drafting disaster risk reduction plans in the three districts. Recently, a VCA training module was developed and used in a training for RCSS volunteers and district community leaders.

Accomplishments and challenges

Based on the preliminary findings of the VCA, the respective district authorities have drafted a preliminary disaster risk reduction plan for their communities. The district of Anse Boileau identified itself as the pilot implementation site for food and water security activities, such as home gardening. The district of Roche Caiman chose to carry out coastal area restoration activities, such as coastal clean-ups and tree planting. The district of  Ile Perseverance selected disaster response and preparedness activities, such as designating evacuation points and carrying out first aid training for residents. Through their respective action plans, the districts are understanding the connection between a well-managed ecosystem and a well-informed disaster risk reduction response.

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MFF and Red Cross Society in Seychelles assists three districts in disaster risk reduction and resilience

Mahe, Seychelles (Roche Caiman, Ile Perseverance, Anse Boileau) 01 Jul 2013

Country: Seychelles

Topic: Community Resilence

A small grant facility (SGF) project of MFF responds to the need of improving local awareness about disaster risk management and reduction. Its primary aim is to strengthen community resilience through a disaster risk reduction approach at community ...    

Project Facts

Country

Location

Anse Boileau, Roche Caiman, Ile Perseverance - Mahe, Seychelles

Topic

Duration

1st Jul 2012 to 31st Oct 2013

MFF Grant Amount

USD 21697.00

Co-financing Partner

  • Roche Caiman Action Group
  • District Authorities of Roche Caiman, Ile Perseverance, and Anse Boilleau

Implementing Partner

The Red Cross Society of Seychelles
Ms Colette Servina
Secretary General

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