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“Disaster is Nature Telling Us how to Live Resiliently”: Indigenous disaster risk reduction, organizing, and spirituality in Tierradentro, Colombia

“Disaster is Nature Telling Us how to Live Resiliently”: Indigenous disaster risk reduction, organizing, and spirituality in Tierradentro, Colombia
62 pages

Authors
Vitale, Riccardo

Editors
Gingerich, Tara R.

Publication date
30 Aug 2017

DOI
10.21201/2017.0681

ISBN
978-1-78748-068-1

Publisher
Oxfam

Series
Resilient Development

Type
Research report

Seeking to gain knowledge about resilience, this case study considered a 2007–09 Red Cross preparedness project funded by the Disaster Preparedness European Community Humanitarian Office (DIPECHO). The project was implemented around the Nevado del Huila volcano in Colombia, in a largely rural area with a predominantly indigenous population. The findings and analysis point to the importance of listening to and learning from the community, including its traditional and indigenous resilience practices, as well as the iterative nature of resilient development. The field research also yielded interesting material about perceptions and practices of resilience in Nasa indigenous communities.

This report is part of a series that seeks to draw lessons from resilience projects in Latin America and the Pacific. Follow the links below to the other papers in the series:

This research was conducted with the support of the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.


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