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Research-into-Action brief: Child-centred disaster risk reduction

Source(s):  Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES)

The past decade has seen an increased focus within research and practice on placing children at the centre of efforts to reduce disaster risk, including those risks associated with climate change. An increasing body of research demonstrates that children can, and do, play an active role in reducing disaster risks, and the benefits of involving children in disaster risk reduction (DRR), not just to the children themselves but to families, schools and wider communities. This brief provides an outline of the rationale and supporting evidence for Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR) and suggests some important principles and recommendations for integrating child-centered approaches into DRR. It also identifies the main challenges when implementing CCDRR in practice.

The Research-into-Action Brief series provides concise summaries of academic and grey literature on a range of topics for practitioners working in the fields of CCRR, climate change adaptation (CCA), and school safety.

A menudo, en tiempos de desastres, se percibe a los ni-ños y niñas como "víctimas" pasivas o desamparadas, con potencial limitado para ayudar a protegerse a sí mismos, a sus familias y a las comunidades contra los peligros naturales y otras conmociones y factores de estrés. Como resultado, las iniciativas de Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres (RRD) y de Adaptación al Cambio Climático (CCA, por sus siglas en inglés) a menudo funcionan con adultos y excluyen a los niños y niñas.

Sin embargo, los niños y niñas pueden desempeñar un papel activo en la reducción del riesgo de desastres, y así lo hacen. En última década, los investigadores y profesio-nales se han centrado cada vez más en colocar a los niños y niñas en el centro de los esfuerzos para reducir los ries-gos de desastre, incluidos los asociados con el cambio climático. Esta práctica se denomina Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres centrada en los Niños y Niñas (CCDRR, por sus siglas en inglés).

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  • Research-into-Action brief: Child-centred disaster risk reduction
  • Publication date 2018
  • Author(s) Hore, Katherine; Gaillard, J.C.; Johnston, David; Ronan, Kevin
  • Number of pages 9 p.

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