The aim of the project is for people to gain the capacity to strengthen their resilience, so they are less vulnerable to natural disasters. The risk of being sucked into a downward spiral of poverty is to be reduced.
Communities analyse their situation in cooperation with the public authorities. Risks are identified, and the villages determine jointly how they can prepare better for floods and droughts. To this end, the project carries out a participatory survey of who, how and where people are most at risk from droughts, floods or other natural forces. Together with the public authorities, action plans and water management plans are prepared at the municipal and village level.
The surveys are conducted by a team of experts from organisations and government agencies, together with the affected inhabitants. People from the communities, representatives of government agencies and of local organisations are trained in disaster preparedness so they can warn the population in good time and protect the people, the fields and goods. These activities provide a basis for working with the community and the public authorities towards disaster prevention.
Alongside disaster risk reduction, measures are devised to improve the infrastructure (paved road, raised emergency shelter, bridges, boat mooring places), the methods used in agriculture (water use, irrigation and dry rice cultivation), and measures for sustainable environmental use are promoted (reforestation, stabilisation of fields and paths). All these measures help the people in these poor areas to deal more effectively with disasters and climate change.
The water supply is an important component of these measures. Clean, filtered drinking water must be available to the poorest people during floods. Water tanks allow reserves to be established for periods of drought.