Role of floodplain community based organizations in coping with risk
(Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2 years, 2010 onwards)

This project will undertake action research with a network of 250 existing community based organisations (CBOs) managing floodplain natural resources and with other local community institutions for collective action. This will develop an improved understanding of their present coping strategies and attitudes to risk.

Good practices and innovations identified with the CBOs will be piloted by CBOs to improve risk coping mechanisms and ultimately the livelihoods of poor fishers and farmers. Lessons will be drawn and disseminated to practitioners and policy makers who have scope to scale up the findings to potentially benefit a large part of the rural poor population facing natural and climatic hazards.

The objectives are to:

  1. Understand the extent that collective action decisions of different types of community based organisations (CBOs) are influenced by perceived risks, and how and why different types of CBOs do or do not incorporate natural hazard risks and coping in their plans, decisions and activities.
  2. Document, trial and assess good practices in improving risk adaptation and coping among floodplain CBOs.
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