This report considers the extent to which disaster risk reduction (DRR) is mainstreamed into the disaster risk management laws and institutions in Madagascar. It identifies key laws and regulations in the area of disaster risk management (DRM), especially those applicable nationwide. It finds that these legal frameworks currently focus more on response and recovery than on prevention and DRR. Legislation also provides for DRM bodies at all levels of government administration, including at the community level, although the establishment and effective functioning of these bodies remains a challenge, due in particular to a lack of resources. The report concludes that although, at a practical level, Madagascar has made considerable progress in preparedness through implementing early warning systems, and many community-level projects are building DRR capacity at the local level, they are not yet well supported by legislative mandates.
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