Education, capacity building and public awareness for disaster reduction

Rajib Shaw, Yukiko Takeuchi, Badaoui Rouhban

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Education is the key element for reducing disasters caused by natural hazards including landslides and achieving human security in the pursuit of sustainable development. The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 and "Words Into Action: A Guide for Implementing the Hyogo Framework" prepared by UN/ISDR emphasize the role of formal and nonformal education and awareness raising as a core component of risk reduction initiatives. Past experience, projects, and programs have revealed enormously positive effects of education for vulnerability reduction and disaster risk management. Children and adults who know how to react in case of a disaster, community leaders who have learned to warn their people in time, and whole social layers who have been taught how to prepare themselves for natural hazards have contributed to better mitigation strategies and dissemination of information on the dangers of hazards. Education and knowledge have provided people with tools for vulnerability reduction and life-improving self-help strategies. Furthermore, more stable and disaster resilient education facilities, such as school buildings, provide a shelter in case of hazards and must be strengthened and improved through better engineering and technical knowledge. Education also plays a substantial role in improving risk assessment procedures in nearby communities, in encouraging people to engage in building up resiliency and to generally reduce risk elements in communities. For education on risk reduction to have its desired impact on communities, it needs to reach out to the remotest development worker in the field. Such education needs to be made accessible and affordable for frontline practitioners who operate at community level and are often far removed from conventional knowledge centers such as universities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLandslides - Disaster Risk Reduction
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media, LLC
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783540699668
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2008 1st World Landslide Forum - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2008 Nov 182008 Nov 21

Publication series

NameLandslides - Disaster Risk Reduction


Other2008 1st World Landslide Forum


  • Co-learning
  • Community based
  • Disaster education
  • Experiencing learning
  • Participatory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth-Surface Processes


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