Flora Vano is the Country Manager of ActionAid Vanuatu, an organization that supports local women to become galvanizing and powerful community leaders, particularly in times of crisis such as disasters.
Lulu’s dedication to disaster research stems from her personal experience in an earthquake that struck her hometown in Sichuan Province in China in 2008.
Today, in her academic role at the School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Decibel works at the intersection of scientific research and the application of risk knowledge to decision-making.
Ankita Shah from Kathmandu in Nepal is the Executive Director of Bighnaharta Nepal, a non-profit organization based in the country’s capital Kathmandu. She was not always meant to work in DRR.
PreventionWeb spoke to Miguel Telo de Arriaga, Head of the Division of Literacy, Health and Well-being at Portugal’s Directorate-General of Health to learn more about the country’s approach to risk communication, and how this is applied to reduce risks.
Christos Stylianides, Greece’s Minister for the Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, tells PreventionWeb about his unique role, and how his ministry is tackling adaptation and resilience.
Adair Ackley Gina Bonne
Careers in resilience: As Head of the Environment and Climate Change Department for the Indian Ocean Commission, Gina Bonne assists island states to manage climate change-related issues and disaster risk reduction.
Women leaders in DRR share tsunami stories.
Maselina leads advocacy campaigns with the Deaf Association of Samoa engaging stakeholders such as the Samoa Meteorological Office, Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the National Disaster Management Office.
“If you understand the risk, then you can understand how to cope with it,” Esline says. “But if you do not understand, it is going to be hard - slowly you see the impact, but you don’t know how to deal with it”.

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