ADRRN has developed and promoted partnerships among its members to implement a wide range of projects on strengthening and enhancing disaster management capacities of NGOs and local communities in Asia. These activities were made possible through the exchange of expertise as well as among well as experience and knowledge sharing among its members. Currently several collaborative projects have been conducted in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Myanmar involving the network members. One of the major activities of the network is providing learning opportunities through meetings, workshops and training on emerging development issues, disaster reduction and response and organizational development and management
 
   
   
     
   
       
 
Report On the Campaign in Vietnam
The Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development (MCD) is a non-governmental organization specializing in the development of coastal communities, and marine conservation.

By 2015, MCD wishes to become a leading civil society organization in Vietnam, enhancing effective resource management and improving livelihoods in coastal areas through utilizing international knowledge and experience to build local models in Vietnam.

MCD works strategically in geographical areas located adjacent to, or in the buffer zones of protected areas, biosphere reserves, and national parks, which have marine and coastal elements; all of which have been defined as national priorities, in which, Nam Dinh province is one of the typical
     
     
 
Promoting grassroots innovations by combining scientific knowledge and local wisdom
Traditional / indigenous knowledge is ingrained into the culture of our societies, but its existence is largely in tacit form. Unlike the western knowledge system (scientific knowledge system) that is easier to communicate through formal language including grammatical statements, mathematical expressions and specifications, indigenous knowledge is difficult, as it has evolved with time and not properly documented. It has therefore remained constrained within the community/region. One needs to combine several different types of knowledge, capabilities, skills and resources to convert invention/idea into innovation. Innovation is the key to success in all social developments. It ushers in positive growth and builds a novel transformation in mind sets by crossing all hurdles,orthodoxies and conservative apathy. ADRRN‘s interest in bringing out the best practices in traditional knowledge systems and combining them with scientific know how so as to create positive innovations in the society. This will also help in building resilience in the grassroots , vulnerable to the impending climate change and natural hazards.
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Safe coasts safe community Campaign in Asia

The recurrent floods in Pakistan as well as the tremendous impacts of frequency of cyclones in south eastern Asia have pointed out the special vulnerability of coastal zones, their inhabitants, economics, and ecological systems. These events are far from being singular. Rather, an increase in damages caused by natural disasters in coastal zones is clearly noticeable. In many areas an increasing socio-economic pressure, intensive human alternation and overexploitation of coastal environments have reduced the resilience of the coastal system. Climate change, an accelerating sea level rise and an increase of extreme events are assumed to aggravate this flood risk in the future.
   
 
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2007-2009: Project Selamat

ADRRN was selected as the implementing partner of the UNISDR initiative “Building Resilience to Tsunamis in the Indian Ocean Region” (Project Selamat). The project aimed to build community level coping capacities for long term resilience. With a focus on Tsunami threatened areas, it engaged local communities to create risk awareness, build knowledge resources, internalize preparedness through training and education and protect local institutions like schools and hospitals.

Implemented across four countries namely –India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Maldives it directly involved 8 ADRRN member organizations.
For details write to mihir@seedsindia.org
   
 
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2006-2007: Tsunami Learning Project

The Post Disaster Reconstruction learning of Indian Ocean Tsunami (Tsunami learning Project) aimed to enhance co-learning among the affected countries, facilitate experience sharing from different recovery programs and undertake a dynamic process documentation of recovery process.

The project was implemented in 3 countries, worst affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami – India , Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Tsunami Learning Project supported by Force of Nature Aid Foundation, Malays was first regional initiative to bring key organizations in Tsunami reconstruction to share and learn from each other.

     
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2005 -2006: Inamura No Hi

ADRRN in cooperation with ADRC (Asian Disaster Reduction Centre) and funding from Government of Japan adapted and distributed the book “Inamura No Hi” in eight Asian languages. “Inamura No Hi” is a Japanese folktale about Hamguchi Goryo who led villagers, desperately trying to flee from a surging Tsunami to high grounds of Hirohachiman shrine, by setting fire to his precious paddy fields.

The project aimed at creating awareness around preparedness and early response to reduce potential impact and damage caused by disasters. The story influenced and moved a large number of children and is highly regarded as a work of lasting merit for disaster reduction.

For other languages write to mihir@seedsindia.org
 
       
     
 
 
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