Traditional Knowledge for DRR and Resilience

Traditional knowledge for disaster risk reduction develops through the close relationship of communities with their environment. This accumulated knowledge based on the direct experience with disasters enables the communities to not only build resilience against impending disasters but also respond and recover in post disaster situations. However, rather than merely rediscovering the traditional knowledge, we need to find practical ways of adapting it to contemporary context and mainstreaming it as part of disaster risk management practice. Ebru Gencer attended a webinar organized by the International Centre for the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) based on the “Words into Action Implementation Guide” on this topic that is currently under development as joint initiative of ICCROM and UNDRR.