Accelerating Change: Engaging Local Communities in Disaster Risk Reduction in the Indian Himalayan Region - Science Policy Brief
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Project Summary: ‘Accelerating Change: Engaging Local Communities in Disaster Risk Reduction in the Indian Himalayan Region’ brings research evidence from the ‘Pathways to Resilience’ project (Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh, India) into dialogue with current disaster risk reduction policy-practice debates, to provide forward recommendations.Item Description: A science policy briefing paper. This details the problem of increasing disaster risk in mountain regions alongside a gap in local community engagement. The briefing calls for a shift in emphasis, which fosters inclusive community engagement, and takes better account of local knowledge in disaster risk reduction. Specific recommendations are: (i) revision of State and District disaster management plans; (ii) implementation of comprehensive awareness campaigns; and (iii) programmes to capture the diversity of local knowledge. (.pdf format)