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The Power Dynamics in Eco-DRR Implementation in Peru

Abstract

Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction or Eco-DRR is about understanding the environment in which a natural hazard can become a disaster and using that very ecosystem to reduce the risk. Although the success of Eco-DRR relies on the participation of many stakeholders, local communities should be at its centre. However, this does not seem to be so. Power dynamics are everywhere, and these affect the implementation of successful Eco-DRR projects that depend on the true participations of local communities and their knowledge. As participation is applied as a tick-box exercise, communities are left aside. Engagement as an end must be strengthened and promoted across all stakeholders for sustainable Eco-DRR

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