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Toward Resilience: A Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

By: Marilise Turnbull(Author), Charlotte L Sterrett(Author), Amy Hilleboe(Author)

180 pages, b/w illustrations, tables, includes CD-ROM

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Jan 2013 | #216975 | ISBN-13: 9781853397868
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About this book

Toward Resilience is an introductory resource for development and humanitarian practitioners working with populations at risk of the impacts of climate change and other hazards. It is aimed at program management and technical staff of development and humanitarian organizations, and seeks to strengthen understanding of the basic approaches and principles that can be applied to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation initiatives. It also provides practical guidance on how to integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into the programme management cycle and adapt activities to a range of contexts and development and humanitarian sectors.

"This guide is an easy-to-use resource that provides guidance for NGO staff and partners alike to tackle the issues of disasters and climate change. Not only does it provide 10 common sense principles for integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in practice, it highlights the needs of vulnerable populations including children, so that they can be part of the process of building disaster and climate resilience."
- Dr Nick Hall Head of DRR and CCA, Save the Children

"For vulnerable communities in the Pacific that are already experiencing the profound impacts of disasters and climate change, this guide is a fantastic resource. Not only does it recognize the importance of involving local people to build on their existing strengths to prepare for disasters and adapt to climate change, it provides practical guidance for identifying high-risk groups (including children, young people, women, older people, and those with disabilities) and how to work with them effectively. Congratulations on a great resource."
- Maria Tiimon, Pacific Outreach Officer, Pacific Calling Partnership, Edmund Rice Centre

"While others still find it difficult to climb out of their silos and blink in the sunlight, the civil society organisations and INGOs that use these rigorously produced 'good enough' guidelines will come much, much closer to providing a fully integrated approach to disaster risk, climate change and livelihood enhancement. Once again ECB has produced a winner!"
- Dr Ben Wisner, Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre, University College London



1. Understanding disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
2. Key groups for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
3. Program cycle management for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
4. Key sectors for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
5. Key contexts for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
6. Creating an enabling environment for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

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Marilise Turnbull has 20 years’ field, management and advisory experience in the humanitarian and development sectors, in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Charlotte Sterrett has extensive experience working with NGOs and communities developing organisational strategies and policies relevant to climate change.

Amy Hilleboe is the Guide’s Project Manager. She is CRS’ Senior Technical Advisor for Disaster Risk Reduction and has been working with DRR programs for more than 16 years.

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