The value of sharing inter-generational knowledge


The passing down of disaster stories to the next generation, or indeed passing across of stories to decision-makers today, is losing value, as the following excerpt outlines: In a context of rapid change and complex interactions between ‘local’ and ‘global’ scales, some local knowledge and practices which used to contribute to disaster risk reduction are eroding. They include local environmental knowledge and community memories carried in stories of dangers and past events. Some is becoming less relevant, but much that would be helpful is being lost when it is most needed.

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