Adapting to a Changing Climate: Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation
In order to adapt to a changing climate, IFRC and Red Cross National Societies, as well as partners, work on different Disaster Risk Reduction strategies and build more resilient communities across the region.
The Zurich Foundation, partners in the region, presented a recent study named the Global Risks Report. This report identifies risks like extreme climate conditions, climate action failure, human-made damage, infectious diseases, and biodiversity loss as critical global threats. Climate risks are an imminent risk factor for development. Reconstruction and recuperation have centered recently on COVID19, but we also must pay attention to climate-related factors.
National Societies like the Canadian Red Cross are working in the Caribbean region in different axis like building community training in disaster mitigation and management and implementing community microprojects, to foster an ecosystem-based disaster risk management.
Other National Societies like the Mexican Red Cross are participating in the Flood Alliance Program to foster resilience, understanding about vulnerability, and work on real adaptation and mitigation actions.
The Jamaican Red Cross shared their experience on the Resilient Islands program, and how they work with communities and accompany, enable, and connect them to build their own climate-centered resilience.
Finally, having a greener humanitarian response was discussed: how humanitarian interventions could save lives without risking damage to the environment and ensuring that programs and operations have a minimally adverse impact on the planet. Panamanian Red Cross was used as an example with one of their WASH interventions in La Peñita, Darién, where the team has installed a water pump for migrants and community members powered by solar energy.