Practical Action is committed to improve the lives of people affected by disasters by supporting the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

At Practical Action we recognise our role in the global movement needed to decrease the number of people whose lives are at risk from natural hazards each day. That is why we align all of our Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programmes to the seven global targets and the four priorities for action laid out in UNISDR's Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030).

In support of the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017 below is a selection of our current work that demonstrates how we are assisting poor and hazard vulnerable communities to meet the ambitious targets in the Sendai agreement that aims to dramatically reduce the number of people affected by disasters by 2030.

Proven success of flood resilience projects

The proven success of our global projects as part of the Zurich Flood Resilience Program have shown the value of investing in DRR for resilience (Priority 3) and have contributed to the 2030 target of increasing the availability of early warning systems.


The success of resilience building in Nepal

SMS early warning systems, biodykes and community taskforces save lives.

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Improved flood resilience in Bangladesh

Floating gardens and sandbars protects land and livelihoods.

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Community-owned resilience in Peru

Rooftop mounted early warning systems allow communities to escape devastating landslides.

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Making risk information more accurate

Being better prepared for and resilient to disasters depends on the quality of information. Practical Action's work with local stakeholders improves the accuracy of flood forecasting and understanding of resilience.


What's in the water

Discover the 5 innovative techniques that are allowing communities and authorities to better understand and respond to flood risk in Nepal.

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Critical extra hours

A simple, low-cost and community-based early warning system gives Nepalese communities an additional 2-3 hours warning of impending floods.

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Measuring resilience

The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance, of which Practical Action is a core partner, is working to address the knowledge gap around resilience measurement.

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Communicating risk to the most vulnerable

In support of the Sendai Framework target to increase the availability of risk information to effected people, Practical Action is working to get life-saving information, in easy to understand ways, to those that need it the most.


Getting the right information to the right people

Good decision making hinges on stakeholders being adequately informed. This study in Kenya and India explores how best to deliver the information people need to make hazard smart decisions.

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Award-winning community mapping

Participatory mapping combined with digital technology allows the youth in Nepal to map flood hazard, exposure and vulnerability. Winner of Global Competition for Youth-Led Projects on Floods and Droughts.

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There's still more to be done

Cooperation is crucial to move risk to resilience

If we hope to reduce the number of people effected by disasters, even in the face of a changing climate, regional cooperation is essential - but not without its challenges.

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Despite the success of our programmes, and the actions of other's around the world, natural hazards still have an unacceptable impact on poor people's lives. To really make a difference, the success of projects on the ground needs to be taken to scale and adapted as standard practice by governments, not just disaster agencies but mainstreamed across multiple sectors. It must be recognised that a government acting alone can only do so much, and therefore international cooperation is essential, not only to coordinate post disaster relief, but also in data sharing before a disaster strikes, especially early warning in cross border situations .

Practical Action's ambitions for 2030

Poor communities are on the frontline of natural hazards and we need to work with them to reduce their vulnerability. Existing risk reduction measures are dominated by technical solutions and post-event measures such as relief and insurance. But these take place only after a disaster has occurred and we need to invest more time, effort and resources in risk reduction so that people can thrive despite natural hazards. We want people to live with natural hazards and to avoid them becoming human disasters.

Enabled Communities Driving DRR

Kenya: By 2030 poor women and men living in arid and semi-arid lands and Lake Victoria Basin are more resilient to the impact of floods.

Peru: By 2030 the population considered vulnerable to disasters will have been reduced by half due to the adoption of participatory risk management policies.

Bolivia: By 2030 the public investment planning under a model of integrated risk management for community resilience have benefitted at least 140 thousand people living in rural and peri-urban areas of Bolivia.

Markets, Social Protection / DRR

Nepal: By 2030 we will demonstrate and integrate a market led model for community and individual resilience with special focus on women in natural hazard contexts

Technology Builds Resilience

Peru: By 2030 the scientific and technical knowledge related to risk reduction will be available to all, especially the most vulnerable.

Nepal: BY 2030 forecast based early warning system is adopted in all the major river basins.

Bangladesh: By 2030 Bangladesh will have an integrated approach to climate mitigation, adaptation and DRR.

India: By 2030 improved access to risk information and technological solutions for DRR related issues will have brought about transformative change to the lives of vulnerable people.

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