The Partnerships for Disaster Reduction in Southeast Asia (PDRSEA) programme was initiated by ADPC in 2001, with the support of the Disaster Preparedness programme of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (DIPECHO), to promote community based approaches to disaster risk management. Over the years the program has evolved in a highly focused manner. In PDRSEA Phase 1, the emphasis was upon developing the technical capacity of the practitioners and partner organizations in basic aspects of community based disaster risk management. The key activities under this phase included the development of CBDRM curriculum, regional training of trainers and national level adaptation and training. Since 2003, the implementation of Phase 2 of PDRSEA has been made by the UNESCAP-ADPC Partnership to focus on consolidation and further enhancement of skills, knowledge and development of frameworks and tools. Phase 2 included designing three new courses on:
- participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation,
- disaster risk communication at the community level,
- participatory disaster risk assessment,
- a CBDRM Field Practitioners' Handbook was developed.
The project initiated exploring the concept of institutionalizing CBDRM in government policy, planning and implementation through the Third Disaster Management Practitioners (DMP) Workshop, and the ASEAN Committee for Disaster Management (ACDM) Workshop.
PDR SEA Phase 3
Since upon approval of funding by DIPECHO in March 2005, the programme has moved into the third phase. Building on the success of the previous two phases, PDR SEA 3 will aim at institutionalizing community based disaster risk management (CBDRM) in government policy, planning and implementation. The current phase involves Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam, and will end in April 2006.
The objective of this third phase is to establish an improved, enabling environment for CBDRM through promoting ownership in national programs and local entities, enhancing the capabilities of CBDRM practitioners and the expansion of new and strengthening of existing partnerships in Southeast Asia. The project strategy of institutionalizing CBDRM in government policy, planning and implementation will be carried out through the following key activities:
1. Framework Development
- National multi-sectoral workshops on developing frameworks for institutionalization
- Action Planning workshops with selected ministries, departments and sectors
- Workshop with international donors on institutionalizing CBDRM in their policies and programming
- Action planning workshops with selected business entities in Vietnam on supporting community action for disaster risk management
- Training workshop on advocacy for institutionalization of CBDRM
2. Research and Development of Tools to Support Decision-Making
- Assessment of the operational capacity of national departments to support CBDRM
- Development of good practice criteria and impact indicators for CBDRM projects and criteria for vulnerability assessment
- Upgrading of the CBDRM Field Practitioners Handbook
- Researches on DP Institutions at National Level
- Regional and national databases on disaster risk management
- Regional workshop on standardization of CBDRM Training Curriculum
3. Strengthening Networking
- National workshops with journalists in order to develop their orientation on the role of media in supporting community action
- Meetings of the Three Regional Committees on disaster reduction
- Networking workshops with practitioners from Southeast Asia (e.g. 4th Southeast Asia Disaster Management Practitioners (DMP) Meeting)
- Online and web-based networking activities for disaster risk management practitioners in Southeast Asia (e.g., ECHOES - the community e-zine of disaster management practitioners in Southeast Asia)
- Quarterly regional and national newsletters in English and local languages
More information about PDR SEA 3 can be found on the project Brochure.