Disaster Risk Reduction

We prepare our communities to prevent and mitigate disaster risks.

COOPI Suisse supports its communities of interest so that they are able to cope with extreme events caused by earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, droughts, landslides, hurricanes and volcanic eruptions. In this area, the COOPI network's programs are mainly based on the creation of geographic information systems regarding the territory's resources and vulnerabilities, the carrying out of risk studies, the strengthening of risk management and crisis management capacities at community and institutional levels; the transfer of know-how. In particular, we promote the awareness and involvement of vulnerable communities, institutions and other relevant actors in the implementation of development plans that integrate the risk reduction priorities outlined by the studies carried out. We strengthen the coordination mechanisms for the correct implementation of an emergency response and early warning operations through the improvement of the ability to prepare for disasters,
the elaboration of contingency plans, the implementation of mitigation works and supporting infrastructure (construction / rehabilitation centers for emergency operations, shelters, evacuation routes).

In addition, we promote the correct use of natural resources and the development of processes of adaptation to and mitigation of climate change through awareness-raising activities, support in land management, protection of livelihoods and stimulate the use of energy-efficient resources.