Cultural factors within the CBDM approach


With regard to the exploitation of cultural factors, a CBDM (Community-based disaster management) approach adopts several methods. Local cultural knowledge is used to develop the risk, capacity and hazard assessments. For example, older people can pass on vital knowledge about historical disasters, while others can explain the local context of hazards, as follows: “when hazards are frequent local farmers can be expert in drought assessment, riverboat owners may know about flooding and local builders may know something about earthquakes”.

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