By Elli Xenou, Caritas Coordinator Pakistan I was at home in Athens on summer vacations when the phone rang. Cordaid’s project manager (Cordaid is Caritas Netherlands) sounded worried: “It’s raining two days now non-stop” he said, “something big is going to happen”. Then the first images of floods and destruction made it to the TV News. KPK Province of Pakistan, the area that was plagued by the IDP crisis last year, the area where most of NGOs were working still trying to alleviate the suffering of IDPs and conflict- affected populations, perhaps the most challenging area of Pakistan on the back of the tribal belt, heavily struck by militancy and talibanization was on the verge of a new disaster.
By Sasja Kamil, Cordaid (Caritas Netherlands) Poor communities are by far the most vulnerable to the impacts of natural hazards, climate change and ecosystem degradation. It damages their livelihoods and erodes their resilience. Supporting them requires teamwork. For Cordaid, this collaboration came in the form of the Partners for Resilience - an alliance consisting of five organisations: Cordaid, the Netherlands Red Cross, CARE Nederland, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre and Wetlands International. They have jointly formulated a 5-year programme in an attempt to climate-proof disaster risk reduction. Objectives: Increase the resilience of communities to disasters, climate change and environmental degradation; Increase the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) to apply disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate-change adaptation (CCA) and ecosystem management and restoration (EMR) measures and conduct policy dialogue; Make the institutional environment - from international to grass-root level - more conducive to integrating disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and ecosystem-based approaches. The Partners for Resilience [...]