Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Increased frequency and intensity of disasters caused by climate change, coupled with the impact of COVID-19, threaten to set back the progress of development work and put children in the Asia Pacific region at greater risks of food insecurity and heightened vulnerabilities.

Human beings rely on the natural environment for life, health and security. When climate change devastates that environment, we suffer on every level. And no one pays a higher price than those who’ve done the least to cause this global problem – vulnerable children.

Climate change is already threatening the development progress around the world and will continue to do so in the coming years. As an organisation working in countries and communities severely affected by environmental degradation and climate change, World Vision recognises the link between climate change adaptation and sustainable development.

We work with children, their families and communities to restore and protect the environment, catalysing community-led and children-led solutions to systematically and progressively build healthier environments. This is essential to secure safety and livelihoods for the vulnerable – those susceptible to exacerbated inequalities on the basis of age, gender, class, ethnicity, ability, and land-rights. 

Some of our projects include environmentally restorative activities such as reforestation, agro-forestry, and organic and conservation farming. We aim to help communities that rely on farming for food and incomes to learn and adopt improved and environmentally sustainable farming techniques.

World Vision encourages and facilitates the building of disaster-resilient communities across Asia Pacific through disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation programmes that help them adapt to and transform the realities that keep them marginalised and prone to disaster-induced risks and economic losses.

Children remain at the centre of everything we do. We proactively and attentively listen to children to understand their needs and take into account their recommendations as we build and implement all our programmes.

 

Amplifying our impact

Our long-term presence in each and every community we serve allows us to continuously improve our intervention, leveraging local strength and participation for sustainable impact. Embracing the power of advocacy – from local to global levels – we bring forth our best practices and call upon decision-makers and global leaders to increase finances to disaster risk reduction, replicate what has been proven effective, and recommit with urgency to accelerate progress towards a sustainable development. 

Our special efforts are consistently given to amplifying children’s voices across Asia Pacific, which we recognise as critical to creating lasting impact for all as well as shaping an empowered generation capable of furthering the foundational work we are trying to build alongside themselves and their communities.

Advocacy Highlights

Leveraging best practices through regional and global advocacy spaces to accelerate a sustainable development for all, especially the most vulnerable children

Asia Pacific Children and Youth Consultation

Asia Pacific Children and Youth Consultation

16 youth leaders from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea presented the ways children and youth have contributed to reducing disaster risks and proposed their recommendations for promoting the Sendai Framework at both regional and global levels.

Asia Pacific Regional Forum

Asia Pacific Regional Forum

Over 160 children and youth in Asia Pacific region from Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Nepal, Myanmar, and the Philippines came together to share their voices and insights on disaster risk reduction and climate action.

Global Youth Platform

Global Youth Platform for Resilience & Climate Action

A pre-event to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 in which children and youth leaders were engaged as one of the key stakeholders, whose perspectives are essential to building stronger risk management systems for sustainable development.

GPDRR Mainstreaming gender, disability & social inclusion

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

During the week of 23 May, this multi-stakeholder forum offered a timely opportunity to discuss ways to tackle underlying risk drivers brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as forge international cooperation to accelerate progress towards disaster resilience and sustainable development.

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Together we’ve impacted the lives of over 200 million vulnerable children by tackling the root causes of poverty.

Our Impact

20,000

tree seedlings planted in the hilly slopes of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

6,364

people sensitised on Disaster Risk Reduction in Myanmar

1300

farmers coached to improve their farming practices through CCA and related agricultural training in Sri Lanka

1,046

people sensitised on disaster risk reduction in Indonesia
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Disaster Management Overview 2020

We remain agile to respond, provide relief, rehabilitate and help affected communities recover through resilience-building programmes, supported by 43 regional and over 550 national disaster response surge team members.

To discuss partnering with us, please Contact Us or reach out to:

 

Kunal Shah
Regional Director, Humanitarian Emergencies Affairs
World Vision Asia Pacific
Kunal_shah@wvi.org