Disaster Risk Reduction Goal (DRR)
- to reduce the impact of natural hazards on vulnerable communities through sound environmental management. It seeks to prevent and reduce environmental degradation that contributes to disaster risk, while maximizing the sustainable use of environmental services for risk and vulnerability reduction.
As an NGO we draw attention to low profile emergencies, or people who do not fall within the limits set in international instruments or protocols. This can be particularly important for what some call ‘silent’ emergencies, which do not receive sufficient media exposure, and thus often receive very little assistance. Focus will be put on local actions to improve the capacity of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction through projects and programs for resilient livelihoods.
CRRDSC makes a critical difference by working in cooperation with international organizations (including the United Nations), governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations that follow similar objectives. Through our local contacts and grassroots links, we empower groups of people, enabling them to better deal with challenges that result from environmental issues and preventing the emergence of such problems, through awareness raising and investing in knowledge development on this actual topic.
Policies and Programs in DRR
1. Training and Course Development
• to organize and operate courses, seminars, conferences and other events on Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation, Emergency Response, Risk Assessment, climate change risks and opportunities;
• to provide training for volunteers to prepare them in terms of the environment they will be working in and equip them with basic skills and essential knowledge needed when working in disaster situations;
2. Networking and Advocacy
• to create partnerships among policymakers, analysts and scientists, environmental institutions and the larger civil society at the local, national and international levels to address the DRR and climate challenge more effectively;
• to work with non-governmental organizations and initiative groups, academia, and government institutions to advocate policies favorable to the interest of the disadvantaged groups and vulnerable communities.
3. Research and Publication
• to pay particular interest to issues, practices and newly evolving concepts related to disasters and development through studies and research. Findings will be used to complement training services and advocacy;
• to provide objective and comprehensive information on DRR and climate change risks and potential responses;
• to issue and publish relevant research papers, opinion pieces and other publications for awareness raising and know-how development.
4. Interactive learning
• to catalyze innovative and practical solutions for climate change adaptation, mitigation, and climate stabilization, contribute to scientific research and communicate the results of that research in an accurate and comprehensive manner;
• to organize fora, discussion groups, and exchanges to encourage and facilitate interactive learning on disaster risk management;
• to provide consultancy services on the community-based development -oriented disaster risk management and capacity building of disaster response organizations, as well as other DPR-related subjects.
CRRDSC will undertake separate activities to foster the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (“Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters”).
1. Hyogo Priority Action 1: Disaster risk reductions at national and local level, institutional development
• to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation strategies at the local level;
• to contribute to the development of legal and institutional frameworks at local and national level (including the Transnistrian region and UTA Gagauz-Yeri) for addressing DRR and climate change;
• to undertake institutional strengthening in the framework of mainstreaming and building urban and rural resiliency;
• to cooperate with relevant stakeholders from other cities and countries for exchanging know-how and consolidating capacities for implementation of Priority Action 1.
2. Hyogo Priority Action 2: Risk assessment and early warning systems
• ensure Humanitarian Emergency Response Development;
• conflict monitoring and knowledge dissemination for Early Warning System
• promote at the national level the role of the “climate proofing” principle which will ensure targeted and new infrastructural adaptation measures and will mainstream climate change into infrastructural developments.
3. Hyogo Priority Action 3: Education, information and public awareness
· conduct courses on Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation, Emergency Response, Risk Assessment (Hazard, Capacity and Vulnerability Assessment), Training Management, Project Development Monitoring and Evaluation in Disaster Situations, Emergency Health, Gender Considerations in Disasters, Evacuation Center Management, and Organizational Development of Disaster Response Organizations;
· organize and operate workshops, seminars, conferences and other events to profile climate change risks and opportunities;
· conduct trainings on integrating child participation in disaster risk reduction.
4. Hyogo Priority Action 4: Reduce the underlying risk factors
· prioritize work in the Moldovan geographic zones that are most vulnerable to disasters and climate change but could also be effectively and sustainably managed for hazard mitigation, vulnerability reduction and climate change adaptation;
· promote DRR in urban and rural infrastructure development .
5. Hyogo Priority Action 5: Strengthen disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels
· develop preparedness to disasters projects and programs for addressing environmental degradation and climate change as major risk drivers;
· work with national and local authorities as well as other emergency responders to better prepare for and respond to disasters in order to reduce the environmental costs/impacts of disasters and protect lives and livelihoods.
· conduct action-oriented research and facilitation of multi-stakeholder dialogue, business-roundtables and other fora to help promote the corporate social responsibility principle and enhance strategic business involvement in DRR agendas;
- recreation camps for children, families who were affected by disasters, as well as vulnerable families;
- student and youth conferences on DRR and Climate Change;
- competitions between student teams with diverse backgrounds, across various institutions and geographical regions on DRR and Climate Change;
· to carry-out other activities not prohibited by the Moldovan legislation.