The Partners for Resilience (PfR) is an alliance of five Netherlands-based humanitarian, development and environmental organizations: the Netherlands Red Cross (Lead agency), CARE Nederland, Cordaid, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, and Wetlands International (WI). The PfR aims to reduce the impact of natural hazards on the livelihoods of around 4,00,000 vulnerable people worldwide. The Alliance uses an integrated approach to mitigate disaster risk and enhance livelihoods, particularly by addressing climate change and ecosystem management and restoration.
The alliance wants to make people less vulnerable by implementing various intervention strategies:-
- Stimulating sustainable economic developments
- Strengthening the capacity of local organizations and local authorities, among other things by making a risk assessment, natural disaster risk management plans and warning systems
- Advocacy and stimulation of knowledge sharing between governments, civil society, knowledge institutes and the private sector in the field of natural disaster reduction and climate adaptation.
The programme centres on analyzing the causal factors behind risk in a way that integrates environmental, social and institutional factors, and develops effective responses. Good water resources management and especially the role of a connected and natural delta system are promoted as key to decrease vulnerability to floods.
Interventions are aimed at building capacities of local communities, creating an effective information base, creating and strengthening local institutions for natural-resource management, and linking development policies and programmes at all scales. Partners collected evidence on the important role of community-based risk management institutions in preparedness and response.
Partners for Resilience (PfR) is an consortium of Dutch humanitarian, development, climate and environment civil society organization (Care, Cordaid, Red Cross, Red Cross and Red Crescent Climate Centre and Wetlands International) and their partner organizations in India and eight other countries.
IRCS NHQ became a major stakeholder of the PfR programme under consortium, known as the Partners for Resilience. The Strategic Partnership with IRCS NHQ has implemented since 2016 in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and will be continued till 2020. In 2018, another three state branches were included (i.e. Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu) and it will be continued till 2020.
The Partnership will undertake activities to respond to the policy, practice and investment gaps that limit application of IRM approaches. The training has been designed to fulfill the following purposes:
- To introduce the basic concepts of Integrated Risk Management (IRM), i.e. Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Ecosystem Management, to protect lives and livelihoods while ensuring gender and social inclusion.
- To trigger development of implementation plan of field partners on policy engagement, investment and practices.
Actions to be adopted by Indian Red Cross Society
Implementation of the climate resilience through Partners for Resilience Programme (PfR) is being carried out in the following states of India in 2018:
- Andhra Pradesh
- Tamil Nadu
- Himachal and
- Orientation of PFR program POA
- IRM Training to SERV Volunteers
- Updating HVCA and VDMP's
- Revising and Integrating IRM in GPDPs
- Meetings for review of existing DDMPs and SDMPs for integrating IRM
- Facilitating updating of DDMPs
Heat-related illnesses and deaths in India could be largely preventable and avoidable through better communications to vulnerable people to heat, helping people to avoid those conditions.