Published | 8th May 2019

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Partners for Resilience Policy Recommendations for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019

“Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies” Through Integration of Climate and Ecosystems into Disaster Risk Reduction

The Partners for Resilience Alliance (PfR), comprised of CARE Netherlands, Cordaid, Wetlands International, Netherlands Red Cross, and Red Cross Climate Centre, promotes integrated risk management approaches in countries where vulnerable communities are affected by disasters, mismanagement of land and water resources, and impacts from climate change. An Integrated Risk Management approach integrates current and future risks, and looks at the wider landscape and its natural environment as a system in which risks originate and manifest.

Leave no-one behind: The most vulnerable and marginalized communities and individuals, among which are often women and girls should be identified and prioritized within DRR law and policy, investments and programming through localized decision-making and action, with support and empowerment for communities. Our efforts to link local activities with global processes, ultimately ensures the voices of those on the ground in political dialogue. This dialogue forms a continuous and relevant process to find new insights into the root causes of, and potential solutions to, significantly mitigate social inequity and injustice. It is important to draw special attention to the needs, roles and perceptions of local actors, as well as communities, civil society and vulnerable groups in the development and implementation of disaster risk reduction and adaptation plans. To make sure their perspectives are considered, and communities are recognized as co-developers and implementers by policymakers, on all relevant levels.

This publication includes PfR’s 10 key policy recommendations for the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR):

  1. Accelerate the integration of DRR in the adaptation agenda which is gaining increasing momentum
  2. Advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in disaster preparedness
  3. Step up efforts to halt mal-development driving increase of water-related disasters
  4. Step up investments in frontrunner initiatives and bankable projects on green infrastructure
  5. Better integrate ecosystems and their services into urban design, land use management and investment
  6. Integrate ecosystem safeguarding in peacebuilding intiatives in regions vulnerable to risk
  7. Enable the better reporting on ecosystem losses and progress made on nature-based solutions
  8. Support the development of intersectoral and socially-inclusive partnership initiatives
  9. Ensure the maintenance and increase of space for meaningful civil society inclusion
  10. Promote international mechanisms for additional funding
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