Climate-smart disaster risk reduction programming resources

Our vision is for communities around the world to be more resilient to, and better prepared for, the impacts of natural hazards—now and in the future. Discover the resources, tools and guidance we’ve produced to help our network and partners with their work in climate-smart disaster risk reduction.

Featured guidance and tools

A group of men in the Kalinga, the Philippines, plant rice seedlings provided by the Philippine Red Cross.

The Nature Navigator

The Nature Navigator is a handbook for people working in disaster risk management on how to work with nature to protect communities.

A Bangladesh Red Crescent Society volunteer uses a megaphone to explain the restoring the family links programme at their booth set up in Hakimpara Camp in Bangladesh in 2017.

CREWS guidance

This guidance provides advice and recommendations for how National Societies can get involved in Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) projects.

Timor Leste Red Cross volunteers work with members of a community to conduct an assessment on their vulnerabilities and existing capacities in terms of disasters, health promotion and livelihoods.

Community risk assessment and resilience planning guidance

Step-by-step guidance on how to operationalize the IFRC’s Framework for Community Resilience using the Enhanced Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (ECVA) approach.

A woman in Peru carries her child on her back as she herds her alpacas. As part of a Red Cross forecast-based financing initiative, she received medicine and shelter to protect her livestock ahead of predicted extreme cold and heavy snow

Climate-smart programming guide

What does being ‘climate smart’ mean for Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and how can we achieve it in our programming?

Bangladesh Red Crescent Society volunteers in Jamalpur distribute cash payments to communities in advance of predicted floods based on forecast information to help them cope and minimise any impact on their lives and livelihoods

Forecast-based financing manual

Learn how to use innovative technologies, data and weather forecasts to protect lives and livelihoods before a disaster strikes.

Members of a Village Disaster Protection Unit in Khammouane Province, Laos inspect a flood line metre during a disaster simulation testing their preparedness

Community Early Warning Systems: guiding principles

This guide offers an overview of how to set up, or strengthen existing, community early warning systems that can reduce people's risk and save lives.

A group of young boys in Fiji hold up posters as they take part in a training session in their village on disaster preparedness, including how to prepare and respond to floods, cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis

Public Awareness and Public Education (PAPE) messages

In partnership with Save the Children, we’ve developed key messages on a range of different disaster scenarios to support communities to stay safe.

Volunteers from the Netherlands Red Cross visited 3,000 older people in summer 2020 to check if they needed any assistance during the heatwave.

City Heatwave Guide

Practical actions that National Societies can take to best support their communities in towns and cities during a heatwave.

A Philippine Red Cross volunteer uses a hand drawn map to explain disaster risks to a community and identify the safest place to be in the event of flooding.

Community Resilience Measurement Dashboard

The Community Resilience Measurement Dashboard provides multiple tools to help National Societies, IFRC staff and partners measure the resilience of communities they're supporting.


For facilitators

Podcast: Can't Take the Heat

A volunteer from the Sudan Red Crescent carries a young girl to safety through flood water in River Nile state, Sudan in August 2020

A volunteer from the Sudan Red Crescent carries a young girl to safety through flood water in River Nile state, Sudan in August 2020

Photo: Sudan Red Crescent Society/Haitham Ibrahim

How are the impacts of climate change already affecting people around the world and how will this change in the future?

What are the big solutions that are in the works? And how can we implement those solutions?

The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre’s Can’t Take the Heat podcast aims to answer the big climate questions.

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