With the theme: knowledge for life
The focus of this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction is on the traditional, indigenous and local knowledge which complement modern science and add to an individual’s and societies’ resilience.
For example, knowledge of early warning signals in nature can be vital to ensuring early action is taken to lessen the impact of both slow and fast onset disasters such as droughts, heatwaves, storms and floods.
Combined with scientific knowledge such as reports generated by meteorologists, local knowledge is vital for prepared-ness and can be passed on from generation to generation.
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