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Myanmar Consortium for Community Resilience (MCCR)

Audience members ask questions to the panellists Audience members ask questions to the panellists Photo: ActionAid Myanmar

MCCR celebrated the IDDR 2015 by organising a media event held last week in Yangon, around the theme "Local and Scientific Knowledge for Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response". The event was organised by the Myanmar Consortium for Community Resilience under the national DRR Working Group, with support from UNDP and funding from ECHO and the Prudence Foundation.

The media event, organized under the umbrella of the Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group by the Myanmar Consortium for Community Resilience with support from UNDP and with funding from the European Commission and the Prudence Foundation, had the following aims:

  • To raise awareness about the importance of local and indigenous knowledge and practices for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response
  • To share examples of how communities have used local and indigenous knowledge and practices for DRR and emergency response, including during the recent floods
  • To highlight the benefits of combining local knowledge and practices with scientific information
  • To communicate the importance of involving all members of society in DRR efforts

Over 100 participants attended the event, including journalists from print/online/broadcast media, school teachers and principals and members of the DRR Working Group (international/national/local NGOs and Civil Society Organisations). The outreach to journalists was undertaken with the expectation that they will produce content (print/online articles, broadcast footage) to communicate the event’s key messages and raise awareness amongst the wider general public.

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