Community-based disaster preparedness and climate adaptation: local capacity building in the Philippines.

Author:

Allen, K.

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Date:

2006

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Theme:

Gender, Community and Disaster

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English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Allen, K. (2006). Community-based disaster preparedness and climate adaptation: local capacity building in the Philippines. Blackwell Publishing, Overseas Development Institute, Disasters 30(I): pp. 81-101.

This paper focuses on the potential of community-based disaster preparedness (CBDP) initiatives to alleviate vulnerability in the context of climate change, and their limitations. It presents evidence from the Philippines that, in the limited forms in which they are currently employed, CBDP initiatives have the potential both to empower and disempower, and warns against treating CBDP as a panacea to disaster management problems. The findings conclude that there is a risk that CBDP would increase the burden of responsibility of the local people without increasing their capacity to form an initiative, and importantly points out that different groups contribute different understandings, values and expectations regarding CBDP.