The CDR have been working with Federation of Sri Lankan Local Govt. Authorities to achieve resilient, sustainable urban communities by working with local governments to reduce the risks associated with disasters.
In Sri Lanka, which has suffered significant from natural and man-made disasters in recent years, our research focused on reaching the most vulnerable urban communities where people suffer most from the impact of hazards. The Centre initiated a series of capacity development activities with the aim of strengthening the knowledge, abilities, skills and behaviour of those responsible for the built environment in Sri Lanka, and improving institutional structures and processes to ensure that disaster mitigation and reconstruction could be achieved in a sustainable way. In doing so, we sought to empower local government through stronger national policies investing in risk reduction at local level, as part of urban and regional development plans. The project succeeded in enhancing the capacity of stakeholders to identify constraints and to plan and manage mitigation and reconstruction in the built environment effectively, efficiently and sustainably. This involved the development of human resources, institutions, and communities, and a supportive policy environment.
Further, through strong commitment for implementation of disaster risk reduction policies, CDR is :
Awareness-raising events were carried out in the first instance, for example a major international conference on the development of societal resilience to natural and human induced disasters was held involving more than 65 international and 45 Sri Lankan academics, practitioners, professionals and policy makers in the field. Its outcomes were incorporated into a joint action plan, which identified key priority activities following the 'Ten Essentials' of the ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign. Other outcomes included (but not limited to):