Disaster Risk Reduction

Community Resilience for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

In partnership with the Ministry of Disaster Management (MoDM) Sri Lanka, UNV Sri Lanka supports the Sri Lanka Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (SLCDMP) in addressing climate change adaptation and in strengthening community resilience for disaster risk reduction.

SLCDMP (2014-2018), developed with the technical assistance of UNDP, aims at ensuring the “safety of Sri Lanka” by reducing potential disaster risks and impacts on people, property and the economy. It serves as the primary framework for Disaster Management while enabling multi-sector and multi-agency interventions at the national, district divisions and Grama Niladhari levels.


Integrating volunteerism to strengthen community resilience for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

This project implemented by UNV Sri Lanka supports the SLCDMP, under the UNV Global Programme Community Resilience for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction Global Programme. UNV harnesses the potential of volunteerism to increase communities’ and individual resilience and adaptation to disasters and climate change.

Building upon UNV’s strengths and expertise this proposal responds to the challenges in the context of preparedness, response, awareness, risk-based decision-making and in creating an enabling environment for risk reduction.

The initiative takes on a two-pronged approach:

  • Component One: Community Volunteer Programme
  • Component Two: Awareness Raising National Advocacy Campaign

UNDP will lead component one, with the strategic technical support provided by UNV and UN Volunteers. UNV in return will lead component two i.e. advocacy campaign. A diverse range of volunteer modalities will be mobilized – Specialists, Youth and Local, with an engagement of approximately 17 National UN Volunteers and 500 local volunteers.

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