Engaging Indigenous Peoples in Disaster Risk Reduction

Date & Time:
Wednesday 22 May (13:00-13:55)

Room 14


Center for Public Service Communications


Indigenous peoples around the world have used their traditional knowledge to prepare for, cope with and survive disasters. Their methods and practices have originated within their communities and have been maintained and passed down over generations. Until recently, policy makers have largely ignored this vast body of knowledge, in favor of “Western” science and technology-based methods of disaster risk reduction and response.

In order to successfully incorporate indigenous knowledge into disaster risk reduction policies a positive relationship between indigenous practice and modern scientific method must be acknowledged and better understood.

The side event, will stimulate discussion about disaster risk reduction among indigenous peoples and their non-indigenous colleagues and community leaders throughout the world. Participants will learn about efforts underway in indigenous communities to look for opportunities to reduce risk and plan response strategies. The aim is also to inform a broader risk reduction community as it seeks to share, in culturally appropriate ways, strategies and best practices that respect existing knowledge in indigenous communities.

The side event will highlight effective approaches and strategies to reduce risk to disasters, including climate change and events of public health consequence in order to overcome the challenges that exist to implement them universally.

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