Voluntary commitments to disaster risk reduction


Courtesy of Wetlands International

Civil society organisations play a key role in facilitating stakeholders, including government actors and local communities in dialogues and planning processes around risk reduction. They are therefore well positioned to drive innovation, including by promoting risk approaches that implement ecosystem‐based responses as an integral part of broader risk management.

Unfortunately many local CSO’s struggle to effectively engage in policy processes. They seek to attain the skills to effectively support development of policies and legislative frameworks in different political contexts and facilitate a connection with practice on the ground. Wetlands International will help CSOs in vulnerable areas across the world to set up such dialogues and provide strategic guidance throughout the process. Supporting these dialogues we will organize trainings on ecosystem‐based risk reduction, support development of organizational advocacy strategies and facilitate development of regional civil society networks on ecosystem‐based risk reduction.

We will do this as part of the Partners for Resilience, an alliance of Netherlands Red Cross, Cordaid, CARE Netherlands, Red Cross Climate Centre and Wetlands International which was established in 2010 to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable people whose livelihoods are affected by hazards and disasters in the global South.

For the period 2016 – 2020 Wetlands International, together with Partners for Resilience will invest 50 million euro to invest in capacity building of civil society organisations with focus on lobby and advocacy to bring about changes in policy, investments and practice. We will strengthen CSOs at local, national, and regional/ global level by building capacities to argue for ecosystem‐based risk management in their respective socio‐economic and political context:

  1. Policy: policies include ecosystem‐based approaches in risk management and address root causes to risk that result from ill‐informed sectoral developments.
  2. Practice: field‐based programs that integrate ecosystem‐based, humanitarian and engineered risk management solutions
  3. Investments: increased investments in ecosystem‐based risk management and inclusion of safeguards towards sustainable risk reduction practice. This involves both finance for risk reduction and broader sectoral investments.

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