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NAPECA Project

Developing a local strategy to encourage school and community level adaptation and management of disaster risk and vulnerabilities

Organization: Género y flor de maíz, A.C.

Location: Sierra sur de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Country: Mexico
Other Organizations Involved: The municipal, communal and ejidal authorities of the seven participating municipalities, as well as the headmasters of local schools

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Completed management of disaster risk


The state of Oaxaca’s Southern Sierra is a Zapotec Indigenous region with irregular topography where the majority of the population inhabits hillside communities in either rural areas or towns. These communities are characterized by their vulnerability to risks arising from their geographic location, the precarious occupation of hillsides (for both residential uses and farming) and deforestation that has provoked major negative impacts on the region’s physical environment and resources. The loss of vegetation—trees and bushes which normally contribute to soil retention and to avoiding mudslides, now common—has had dramatic consequences in recent years, including major landslides during periods of heavy rainfall and troubling shortages of adequate water for agriculture and daily activities during the dry season.

In these rural communities, such issues are further exacerbated by the lack of organization, training and knowledge regarding extreme climate event prevention, adaptation and resilience building.

In accordance with its community-based labor and organizational model, the project’s risk management and prevention efforts will focus on the educational sector. Specifically, its activities will target schools in high risk communities—with the participation not only of teachers and pupils, but also of the general population (especially parents), in close collaboration with local leaders and municipal, ejidal and communal authorities—to promote risk management actions, build emergency response capacities, and encourage adaptation to climate change. Moreover, the project will facilitate activities to mitigate environmental impacts via ecotechniques, which may be replicated in communities having similar characteristics, with the support of teaching and outreach materials specifically developed for the project.


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