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CDP shares Indigenous Knowledge experience in Japan

The Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) served as one of the speakers in the International Working Group Session for the Preliminary Research on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Safeguarding and Disaster Risk Management in the Asia- Pacific Region last January 30- 31, 2017 at the Tokyo National Museum in Tokyo, Japan. It was organized by the International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (IRCI) and was participated by heritage and disaster practitioners from Bangladesh, Fiji, Japan, Philippines and Vanuatu. Fatima Gay J. Molina, CDP’s Senior Research Associate, shared about “Integrating Local and Indigenous Knowledge in Disaster Risk Management: Learning from Philippine communities,” and detailed the importance of ICH in the realization of community engagement in the process of disaster risk reduction. The group also agreed to organize a network of ICH experts in Asia- Pacific Region as part of the research.

Read 'Local and Indigenous Knowledge for Community Resilience: Hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in coastal and small island communities' here:

This publication introduces the results of the research activities implemented between 2011-2013, based on which the action-oriented third phase of the project is being implemented. The publication begins with an introduction of the background, basic concepts and methodology used in the project. This is followed by Section 2, which consists of country-specific lessons and action points derived from activities implemented in the three countries, with a view to further promoting knowledge integration in the three countries in the final year of project implementation. Sections 3 and 4 are policy briefs.

The primary audience for this publication is national and local government entities and communities interested in promoting the use of local and indigenous knowledge and willing to take actions to integrate such knowledge with science and technology to increase coastal community resilience. Experts, academics and practitioners working in the fields of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation will also find the tools and recommended actions in the policy briefs useful, in their efforts to integrate local and indigenous knowledge in their work.

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