Community Based Adaptation and Resilience Against Disasters (CBARAD)

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Project Location: Iloilo, Philippines

  1. Background

The City of Iloilo is the regional centre of Western Visayas and is located on the southern shores of Panay Island. Iloilo City has suffered flood damages due to its geographic location which lies on the plains of the mouth of the rivers. Projects funded by the Japanese government through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) fundamentally upgraded the city’s resilience against floods by constructing river floodways and broadening the rivers. In addition, Iloilo City, supported by JICA, drew hazard maps with the participation of the communities to promote risk reduction. However, measurable outputs of the community-based adaption and resiliency activities against floods are yet to be achieved in addition to enhancing the roles of the communities.

Making communities ready for natural disasters and related incidents will greatly reduce the vulnerability of the communities and the cost of recovery. As one natural disaster may trigger multiple issues such as an outbreak of diseases, it is vital for the local communities to not only understand the risks but to also know how to act accordingly in order to minimize the potential hazards. CITYNET Yokohama Project Office and the city of Yokohama are capable and ready to support the City of Iloilo to enhance Community Based Adaptation and Resiliency Against Disasters by utilizing their experience in disaster risk reduction in cooperation with communities.

 

  1. Project Goal

Community Based Adaptation and Resiliency Against Disasters aims to devise effective community-level adaptation and resiliency schemes in the City of Iloilo, and increase citizen awareness of self-sustaining the community in the event of a disaster, particularly in relation to floods.

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