Date: 7 February, 2013
Education is the most important factor in whether people in Nepal will survive natural disasters such as landslides and floods, according to a new study by IIASA researcher Samir KC.
The study, published last week in the journal Ecology and Society, examined disaster vulnerability in Nepal, a country where floods and landslides are common during the monsoon season. It found that in communities with greater levels of education, disasters that occurred caused fewer deaths and less property damage.
‘Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction: Project Evaluation and Learning’ provides vivid examples of how the project reached children and of the progress it has made so far in improving preparedness. This evaluation shares crucial learning from the experiences of the communities involved for use by individuals and institutions with a mission to implement child-centred disaster risk reduction and help build disaster-resilient communities and children in similar context elsewhere in the country.