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Community-based DRR Networks & Communities

Asian Disaster Reduction Response Network

Their main aim is to promote coordination, information sharing and collaboration among NGOs and other stakeholders for effective and efficient disaster reduction and response in the Asia-Pacific region.


The C-Change Project, Managing Adaptation to Environmental Change in Coastal Communities: Canada and the Caribbean, is a collaborative International Community-University Research Alliance (ICURA) initiative whose goal is to assist participating coastal communities in sharing experiences and tools that aid adaptation to pending changes in their physical and social coastal environments. These environmental changes include (1) flooding associated with storm surge, (2) coastal erosion, (3) rising sea-levels, (4) seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers, (5) coastal and sea pollution caused by wastewaters and solid wastes that have been treated ineffectively, and (6) impacts associated with increasingly extreme weather events.

Coastal area disaster mitigation efforts (CADME)

CADME is a coalition of twenty five voluntary organisations working together on disaster preparedness in coastal areas of Andhra pradesh and Orissa. Establishment of task force groups at each vulnerable village to mitigate the effects of Disasters is main intervention of CADME. So far as many as 521 taskforce groups have been formed in 480 vulnerable villages of coastal andhra and orissa. All these taskforce groups are well capacitated and disaster drills are held at regular intervals. The chief funtionary and Disaster manager/Chief trainer on Disaster preparedness, Mr. Meda Gurudutt Prasad is the recipient of UN SASAKAWA award for the year 2003/04.

Disaster Preparedness Network (DPNet)

Established in 1996, the Disaster Preparedness Network (DP-Net) is envisioned as a loose association of individual organisations within the development sector in Nepal, which are concerned with disaster management. The network aims to assist individuals and organisations to prepare for, and respond to and manage disaster should it strike. DP-Net works closely with Government of Nepal through its agencies, which are concerned with disaster preparedness and management. DP-Net complements the effort of these agencies to inform and prepare organisations and communities to deal effectively with disasters. DP-Net are concerned with natural disasters such as earthquake, floods, droughts and landslide. It will also cover disasters such as epidemic, flood and fire that occur often in towns and villages.
DP-Net work closely with the Government institutions but as facilitator to Disaster Preparedness activities in Nepal. Thus, DP-Net allows and encourages promoting effective coordination and communication as well developing knowledge management with its all stakeholders in Nepal.
  • Language: English
  • How to participate: Write to: DP Net Secretariat C/O NRCS, Red Cross Road, Kalimati PO BOx 217, Kathmandu Nepal Phone: 977-1-4672165 Fax: 977-1-4271915 Email: dpnet@dpnet.org.np
  • Website: http://www.dpnet.org.np/

Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction

Launched during the Global Platform in June 2007 as a voluntary network of committed civil society organisations, associations and individuals, the purpose of the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) is to increase community resilience and reduce disaster risk around the world by working together, and engaging with partners and other stakeholders. GNDR aims to increase civil society participation in public policy debates and raise its level of influence in global DRR policy and practice.

India Food Banking Network (IFBN)

India Food Banking Network is a system intending to feed millions of people each year and become a vehicle for building public awareness about hunger and nutrition. It will also serve as a powerful voice that drives policy decisions and initiatives on food security such as the concept of Grain Bank, building the capacity of communities to disasters.

Knowledge sharing platform on disaster risk reduction

DisasterPreparedness - ICIMOD.org - is a Knowledge Sharing Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction practitioners. The website is community driven, and mainly serves as a dynamic online repository for materials such as publications, reports, articles, links and news related to DRR.

We welcome you all to join our Group Mail which facilitates knowledge-networking among more than 400 DRR practitioners.

Milis Bencana (Google group)

A mailing list for disaster management and disaster risk reduction, particularly in Indonesia, available at: http://groups.google.com/group/bencana.

National Humanitarian Network - NHN Sindh


The mission of the NHN is to “voice the concerns and advocate for the vulnerable and disaster affected communities for improving policies, procedures and strengthening institutions for rights based disaster mitigation and humanitarian response, and to strengthen the role and capacities of national and local humanitarian actors in setting humanitarian and sustainable development agendas and humanitarian action in Pakistan”.


• To act as an institution that engages with all stakeholders that represent National / local NGOs/Civil Society through efficient and effective coordination mechanism
• To conduct evidence based policy advocacy for pre, during and post Humanitarian crisis (disaster preparedness/ mitigation / management issues)
• Facilitate all stakeholders in capacity building to promote community based disaster risk management, emergency response and action.
• To help in organizing and facilitating to make responsive and accountable civil society for humanitarian response and disaster risk management.
• Advocate for and promote empowered partnership in, based on GHP’s agreed principles of partnership and new business model to develop local capacities in humanitarian action.

  • How to participate: Membership Criteria
    Only organizations could become members who are:
    • Registered legal entities.
    • Prior experience in the area of humanitarian and disaster risk management (DRM) and have clear strategic objectives in humanitarian and DRM

  • Website: http://www.nhnpakistan.org

Smart Growth Network (USA)

In 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined with several non-profit and government organizations to form the Smart Growth Network (SGN). The Network was formed in response to increasing community concerns about the need for new ways to grow that boost the economy, protect the environment, and enhance community vitality. The Network's partners include environmental groups, historic preservation organizations, professional organizations, developers, real estate interests; local and state government entities.

The SGN works to encourage development that serves the economy, community and the environment. It is a forum for:
* Raising public awareness of how growth can improve community quality of life;
* Promoting smart growth best practices;
* Developing and sharing information, innovative policies, tools and ideas;
* Cultivating strategies to address barriers to and advance opportunities for smart growth.

  • Members: 7111
  • How to participate: For more information please contact: International City/County Management Association (ICMA) 777 North Capitol Street NE, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20002-4201 +1 202.289.ICMA | fax +1 202.962.3500 Email: membership@icma.org
  • Website: http://www.smartgrowth.org

Solution exchange for climate and disaster risk reduction community - Bangladesh

Solution Exchange is a knowledge management service that provides an email based platform for practitioners to discuss issues, share information and gather solutions to existing or anticipated challenges that they face on a day-to-day basis. It is based on the idea of peer learning and support. Bangladesh’s first Solution Exchange Community – the Urban Poverty Reduction Community was launched in March 2011 with its first query setting a global record for the number of responses.

The Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR) Community provides knowledge services to harness Bangladesh’s vast knowledge pool on climate change and disaster risk reduction for more effective and smarter ways of doing the business – from policy, planning, or practical issues of implementation. The CDRR Community provides both online and offline services and tools in a non-hierarchical environment, bringing members from different sectors to form one ‘Team’ to make a positive dent in the field of climate change (CC) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Bangladesh. Currently there are some 580 members and dealt with some 26 queries and discussions (till January 2013).

The disaster diary project

An online space to share ideas, commentaries, experiences and perspectives about DRR and thereby encourgae public conversations about processes which can lead to the manufacture of disaster risk. Individuals who wish to contribute regularly are provided with their own blog space, and those who cannot commit to regular contributions may also comment on the webside through "open spaces".

UN Solution Exchange for Disaster Management Community - India

The Disaster Management Community is a group of professionals from a wide range of organizations and disciplines concerned with preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery and rehabilitation issues with respect to disasters (natural and human induced).

Solution Exchange connects members of this Community and increases the effectiveness of their individual efforts, helping them share and apply each other’s knowledge and experience. Through Solution Exchange, colleagues can turn to their peers across India for solutions to the day-to-day challenges they face.

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