Interviews with Latin American experts about community engagement in DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) activities in the cities of Manizales, Colombia, and Teresópolis and Nova Friburgo, Brazil, served as the basis for this discussion. Guardians of the Mountainside in Colombia is a local government programme that employs local women to carry out slope maintenance and other DRR activities. While in Brazil, local community groups have received training from an NGO on how to be better prepared for extreme events. Online participants considered the differences between these two approaches, and their potential applicability in African and Asian cities. Participants also shared details of community involvement in DRR and other local environmental improvement initiatives.
ELLA. ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities - Discussion 6: Community Involvement and Capacity Building for DRR. ELLA, Practical Action Consulting, Lima, Peru (2014) 18 pp.