Addressing Climate Vulnerability Through Community Disaster Response Team Training
Addressing Climate Vulnerability Through Community Disaster Response Team Training
Prior to the implementation of the Community Disaster Response Team (CDRT) training
programme by the Mauritius Red Cross Society in collaboration with the National Disaster Risk
Reduction and Management Centre (NDRRMC) and with the support of the GEF Small Grants
Programme-UNDP, Vulnerability Reduction Assessments (VRAs) will be conducted in the
regions of Baie du Tombeau, Richelieu, Cité Argy and Rivière des Galets in Mauritius and in the
island of Rodrigues.
Such collaboration has been a success during the CDRT training project in the community of
Grand Sable where 30 community members were trained and equipped.
The MRCS and NDRRMC usually collaborates in any disaster as the MRCS is a member
NDRRMC NEOC and the NDRRM Council.
The above named organisations have also just completed a CDRT training in Agalega which
was funded through CSR fund of Emtel.
The NDRRMC was set up in October 2013 and it is the main institution in the Republic of
Mauritius for the planning, organizing, coordinating and monitoring of disaster risk reduction and
management activities at all levels. One of the aims of the centre is to inculcate a culture of risk
reduction within the population and building the capacity of the community to respond to
disasters. In this context having Community Disaster Response Programme would help in
training people and grouping them in Community Disaster Response Team (CDRT) and they
would be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities before the
arrival of the authorities. When emergencies happen, CDRT members can provide immediate
assistance to victim; give critical support to responding authorities; and organise spontaneous
volunteers at a disaster site. The CDRT members can also help with non-emergency projects
that help improve the safety of the community.
According to the latest World Risk Report 2014, Mauritius is ranked 14th with respect to
countries with the highest disaster risk and 7th with respect to those which are most exposed to
natural hazards. Moreover, the impacts of climate change are apparent in Mauritius and
constitutes major challenges. These include frequent flash floods, shifts in the rainfall patterns,
and increase in temperature, sea level rise, accentuated beach erosion and change in the
frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, which have significant consequences on the
livelihoods of vulnerable rural communities.
Measures and actions are being taken to reduce the vulnerability of communities to climate
change. However, it is most appropriate to understand who is most vulnerable to these
impacts so that this information could be better applied to the design and implementation,
monitoring and evaluation of the activities, which aimed at reducing the vulnerability. The
VRA methodology is one of the tools which can help development practitioners understand the
implications of climate change on the lives and livelihoods of local communities. The tool
presents a set of guiding questions for analysis of information at community level, identifying the
specific climatic events affecting the livelihoods of the communities and determining their
capacity to cope and adapt to the impacts and consequences of climate change. The tool
includes four key components namely existing vulnerability, future risk and vulnerability, existing
adaptation actions and sustainability of actions in the future. The results of VRAs are used to
plan collective action on adaptation and ensure that the community development interventions
build local resilience rather than exacerbate the impacts of climate change.
The project aims to train a team of volunteers living in remote areas, which have been identified
as vulnerable to the effects of disasters, as Community Disaster Response Team (CDRT)
members. A pilot project on CDRT was carried out in 2014, with support from the Australian
Government through the UNDP GEF SGP, in the region of Grand Sable where 30 volunteers
were trained and empowered in Fire Safety, basic rope handling, First aid, water rescue
activities, tent pitching /camp management, and other basic techniques applied in emergency
situations and this has proved very effective in emergency situations and during simulation
exercises. Each expected project includes training of volunteers, youths, employees in
Orphanage, home for elderly and disabled persons, and school for disable persons in these
vulnerable areas as CDRT members.
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Project Snapshot

Mauritius Red Cross Society
Area Of Work:
Community Based Adaptation
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
Project Terminated Before Completion


National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre (NDRRMC)

Grantee Contact

Mr. Navin Mahadoo
Phone: 670 1274 / 670 0276


Ste. Therese Street
Curepipe ,

SGP Country office contact

Mrs. Pamela Bapoo-Dundoo
(230) 213 53 84
(230) 212 14 11


2nd Floor, Sugar Industry Pension Fund Building, 1 Remy Ollier Street
Port Louis, Mauritius

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