Natural and man-made disasters have been increasing dramatically over the past few decades, with climate change contributing to even more extreme or unpredictable weather. Degradation and loss of ecosystems intensify the hazards that, combined with the high vulnerability of poor communities, lead to increased disaster risks.
It is well established that the poorest people suffer disproportionately: lives, assets, products and crops are lost. Disasters wipe out hard-won reductions in poverty, and communities are caught in a vicious circle where poverty creates vulnerability and disasters increase poverty.
Building resilience in Indonesia
CARE build resilience into all of its activities. For example, its women entrepreneurship programs include training on preparedness should disaster strike and how to mitigate disaster risk.
CARE works closely with communities of farmers and fisherman to increase their crop and livestock yields through activities such as planting new seed varieties, animal husbandry, home gardening and irrigation, and provides education on how to preserve the environment for future generations.
CARE also leads the Partners for Resilience (PfR) in Indonesia, an alliance of five humanitarian, development, and environmental organizations working together to strengthen community resilience. PfR Indonesia is funded by the Dutch government, and is part of a global alliance of organisations working across ten countries in Asia, Africa and Central America.
PfR advocates for Integrated Risk Management (IRM) as a viable approach to address effects of climate change, strengthen ecosystem management/restoration and promote risk-proof investments and policy from the private, public sectors and multi-lateral corporations. Integrated Risk Management not only helps avert future disasters, but also unlocks growth and prosperity.
PfR supports better decision making, knowledge sharing, and policy dialogues in the context of increasing risks, to which climate change and ecosystem degradation are key contributing factors. PfR supports provision of essential services to communities for resilience against shocks from climate change, ecosystem degradation and malpractices in investments.