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HVC Mapping in Yap School


Identifying Hazards, Vulnerability and the Capacities in Yap Communities

IOM staff Ivan Kadannged assists community members with a Hazard Vulnerability and Capacity Mapping Exercise

IOM staff Ivan Kadannged assists community members with a Hazard Vulnerability and Capacity Mapping Exercise


On 22nd November and 12th December,  2012 the International Organization for Migration, in close coordination with the Tomakaw Elementary School, conducted the first Hazard, Vulnerability and Capacity Mapping (HVCM) Exercise with community members in Maap Village, Yap.  The 2 day event took place at the school during the afternoons.  A total of 40 community members of all ages, including men, women, and children participated over the course of the event. 

The HVC Mapping Exercise is a participatory community based exercise focusing on the development of a communityCommunity members identify hazards profile which identifies community hazards and vulnerabilities as well as resources and capacities that could be used as assets in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.  Components of the profiling include physical mapping of the community, and the development of a hazard matrix detailing natural hazards, such as flooding, drought risk, and typhoon vulnerabilities.  After identifying these strengths and vulnerabilities, participants drafted their own community action plan for adapting to climate change and managing disaster risk.

HVC Mapping brought the community and families together, sensitized them to locally relevant issues of disaster vulnerability and preparedness, and scheduled further disaster preparedness empowerment activities for Tomakaw Elementary students under the CADRE (Climate, Adaptation, Disaster, Risk Reduction & Education) Program for the coming months. CADRE activities will include education for students on natural disasters, and activities targeted for the principals and teachers, including emergency management plans and emergency first responders training, which includes the provision of emergency medical supplies.

The CADRE Program is supported by the Australian Government, through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and aims to assist vulnerable communities in adapting to climate change and build their resilience to climate-induced hazards.

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