- DRR IN SDC
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Disaster Risk Reduction Platform
Within SDC, four main domains have clear ties to DRR:
- Humanitarian aid (HA): The prevention of natural disasters is one of the four strategic pillars of the Humanitarian aid domain. Since the early 1980s projects in various countries have been implemented; since about 1999 the topic "prevention and preparedness" (later to be renamed "DRR"), become more relevant with particular DRR programmes. The HA/SHA maintains a specialised group (one out of 9) called Environment and DRR.
- Regional cooperation: The cooperation with the South and the East implemented over the past decades many programmes and projects in the field of reducing risks; however, they are labelled under different names, like watershed management, drought-resistance, reforestation etc.
- Global cooperation: The global programme climate change or the water theme have clear links to DRR. In the recent past a convergence of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction can be seen; this is, for instance, reflected in the new CCA/DRR screening tool and handbook.
- Multilateral cooperation: There are strong ties with institutions that carry DRR on a strategic or practical level. Among the most important are the World Bank, UNDP or ISDR (mainly through the multilateral department of the HA).
In addition, many Swiss agencies are working abroad in the field of DRR:
Government agencies like the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco), the Federal Office for the Environment, the Ministry of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports and others closely collaborate with partner organizations in prevention, mitigation, and preparedness. Scientific institutions provide knowledge and know-how, very often in the field of risk assessment and monitoring. The insurance sector, with direct insurers and the Swiss Re as a major re-insurer are providing solutions in this particular field. A number of Swiss NGOs are implementing particular DRR projects in various partner countries.