New Delhi, 11th March, 2013: A two day workshop is being organized by SEEDS as a part of its on going program with Alliance for Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction [AADRR] to encourage and learn from different citizen forums across India. Eight forums are being represented from India in the two day workshop.
Many disasters take place in urban areas, affecting millions of people each year through loss of life, serious injury and loss of assets and livelihoods. Poorer groups are generally most affected. The accumulation of day to day risks and their contribution to poverty are underestimated, as is the extent to which rapidly growing and poorly managed urban development increases the risks.
The coping mechanisms are challenged in the complicated environment creating major impact on communities’ resilience. The institutional mechanisms in India, though exists, have challenges in sensitizing the local governments for taking up issues of Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation
In 2008, the proportion of the world’s population living in urban areas crossed the 50% mark. To understand the issues of local citizen and initiate dialogue or advocacy at local level, a multi stakeholder citizen’s forum becomes the essential staring point.These forums have the ability to collect local evidences and voices to ensure effective awareness, advocacy and Action.
SEEDS with the support of its partner organizations is mobilizing and encouraging the building of Citizen’s Forums to mandate Disaster Reduction activities at the local level. The workshop is being organized with the following objectives:
- Creating a shared understanding about the Importance of Citizens’ Forum
- Exposure to citizen led action using appropriate tools and methodology
- Developing strategies for integrating disaster reduction with local development initiatives
SEEDS is a non-profit organization that seeks to protect the lives and livelihoods of people exposed to natural disasters and living in disaster prone areas. SEEDS primarily engages in shelter reconstruction and adopts locally based approaches to reduce the impact of future disasters on communities at risk.
Founded in 1994, SEEDS comprises of young professionals drawn from various development related fields. It is governed and advised by a board of eminent academicians and practitioners from international organisations. SEEDS is the first NGO in India to be HAP (Humanitarian Accountability Partnerships) certified.
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