Indigenous Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
Status of initiative: Completed
Description/achievement of initiative

The partnership aims to integrate traditional forms of knowledge and indigenous approaches to facilitating disaster risk reduction and social resilience within regional and national emergency response and disaster management strategies/policies. The partnership with stakeholders will offer workshops designed to highlight the policy gap in the disaster management strategies of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Attention is drawn to considering the ways in which indigenous knowledge and practices might be adapted to shape disaster response frameworks, inform local and national governance and facilitate regional initiatives.

Implementation methodologies

a. It is anticipated that potential partners will be part of the parallel or side event that highlights the value of indigenous approaches to disaster risk reduction (DRR). b. Offer participants the opportunity to register to be part of a 2nd, hands-on application session using their own planning templates for crises and integrating indigenous approaches into DRR plans etc., to be conducted at the JCDR. This would be seen as part of an ongoing partnership initiated at SIDS. c. Regional collaboration on relevant approaches to DRR.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The PRPC and the JCDR at Massey University, recognises the local expertise of regional organisations active in Disaster Management and Risk Reduction throughout the Pacific (e.g. SPREP, SPC, UNISDR). Although the workshop aims to showcase Massey University's strength as a centre that supports Pacific capability, the JCDR and PRPC are mindful that any undertaking conducted within the broader Pacific region should be conducted in partnership with key stakeholders. Accordingly the working party will contact relevant Pacific stakeholders to: - initiate collaboration in developing and finalising the workshop structure and framework- arrange co-facilitation of workshop activities - facilitate integration of relevant cultural factors within the workshop - foster workshop attendanceIn keeping with the wider mandate of the conference, the workshop organisers also welcome engagement and workshop participation from representatives and/or key stakeholders from Small Island Developing States located outside the Pacific region.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Partnership will be governed by Massey University's Pacific Research and Policy Centre (PRPC) and the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR).


- Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University - National University of Samoa, Centre for Samoan Studies - Registration for partners open to stakeholders who wish to be part of ongoing training and workshops to be held at Massey University
1. Work with SIDS partners and build Pacific regional partnerships through working with SPREP, SPC, SOPAC, USP, NUS, UNISDR and others to highlight the role of indigenous knowledge in making a meaningful contribution to ensuring sustainability of Disaster Risk Reduction projects (full range of partners to be decided at workshop)
4. Fostering research collaborations, knowledge sharing and dissemination around the subject of indigenous knowledge and approaches to disaster risk reduction.
2. Incorporate Indigenous knowledge and approaches to in Disaster risk plans for participating SIDS
3. Highlighting the role that universities in the region, including Massey University, can play in sharing research and knowledge that provides insights into future sustainable development options for SIDS.
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
Staff / Technical expertise
JCDR and PRPC to provide technical support for this
Staff / Technical expertise
PRPC to foster collaboration within SIDS
Staff / Technical expertise
PRPC to foster collaboration within SIDS
Staff / Technical expertise
PRPC to monitor information on website and information sharing of partners
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: ongoingDecember 2017
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Litea Meo-Sewabu, L.Meo-sewabu@massey.ac.nz

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