Indigenous Knowledge for Disaster Risk Reduction

This publication presents a collection of 18 indigenous practices which were developed over time in the communities in the Asia-Pacific region. Types of disasters include earthquake, cyclone (typhoon), drought, landslides, river bank erosion, tsunami and zud. The cases were chosen based on the following criteria: origin of the knowledge, its relative level of adaptation over time, its relationship to local skills and materials, its success in surviving or coping with disasters over time, and its applicability to other societies facing similar situations.