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RedR UK Supports Disaster Risk Reduction Day by providing free online CCADRR training courses

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Today marks the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, which began in 1989 after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction.  

Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters. 

Some of the biggest risks faced by communities around the world are due to the effects of climate change. For those populations there is a need to strengthen resilience to growing climate threats. 

This makes it essential for organisations to come together to offer support in the form of training to provide the right skills to these communities to help reduce their risk on DRR day and beyond.  

Additionally, the need to support the resilience of countries vulnerable to climate change during the COVID-19 pandemic is now more important than ever, as communities around the globe grapple with the dual threat. 

The Philippines CCADRR Pilot Programme in 2019

In 2019, RedR UK ran a Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCADRR) pilot programme in the Philippines. 

With a vast coastline, thousands of islands and most major cities on the coast, 81% of the population (around 85 million people) live and work in areas vulnerable to extreme weather events such as typhoons and flooding in the Philippines.  

Our CCADRR training provided humanitarians from organisations like Plan International with the information and skills needed to support local communities and assist in efforts to reduce risk caused by climate change.  

RedR UK delivered training courses in Metro Manila and Cebu City to staff from a variety of humanitarian, local government and private sector organisations involved in humanitarian response.  

Enan Melencio, Country Programme Manager for Disaster Resilience, Plan International Philippines had this to say about the training: “I have a better understanding now of the overlaps between Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, which is basically reducing vulnerability and enhancing resiliency." 

This programme was generously funded by AXA XL.

RedR UK CCADRR Pilot Programme in the Philippines, 2019

As a global insurer and reinsurer we help our clients be better prepared for disasters, and we must do the same for our communities. The valuable services that RedR provide to the most disaster-prone regions are enabling communities to better withstand, and recover from, a range of natural disasters. With extreme weather patterns remaining unpredictable, it’s critical that we all pull together to build resilience for the expected and unexpected.

Suzanne Scatliffe

Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at AXA XL

Two brand new CCADRR courses announced by RedR UK

This year, RedR UK is supporting communities vulnerable to climate change by launching free online training courses that aim to improve planning and action around climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the humanitarian sector.  We’re focusing on both Bangladesh and the Philippines, two countries particularly susceptible to disasters caused by natural hazards and exacerbated by climate change.  

The courses will also consider how COVID-19 is impacting these interventions, to ensure responses to COVID-19 are not disrupting progress within climate change adaptation, and that tackling health pandemics are brought into wider disaster risk reduction strategies and frameworks.  

The training will blend theory with practice, sharing best practice throughout the stages of the disaster risk management cycle and giving participants frameworks, tools and approaches to effective DRR. The training will also use contextualised climate change case studies to provide participants with a relevant and comprehensive training curriculum.  

Participants will also have the opportunity for training and coaching to support them in sharing their learning with colleagues and beneficiaries in an advocacy programme. Only by advocating for sector-wide change will we be able to build a better, environmentally sustainable world.  

Please, share this article with your friends and colleagues to help us support the people of Bangladesh and the Philippines on this year’s DRR day. 

Bangladesh CCADRR course details 

To equip yourself with the skills and knowledge needed to respond to and advocate for improved climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction during COVID-19 in Bangladesh, apply now for our free online course here.

Philippines CCADRR Course details 

To ensure that health systems and communities can work towards being climate and pandemic adaptive and resilient in the Philippines, apply now for our free online course here.