Child Centred Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Program
The “Building Resilience through Child-Centred Climate Change Adaptation (4CA) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM)” program is funded by the Australian government, managed by PLAN International Australia and implemented across the Pacific by the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific (FSPI), through its network partners in 6 countries in the Pacific.
The overall project goal is to achieve safe and resilient communities in which children and young people contribute to managing and reducing the risks associated with climate change with the following key objectives:
- To increase the awareness and capacity of children, youth and communities of climate change and related disasters, so that they can facilitate child-centred to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (4CA) processes.
- To develop and implement locally appropriate climate smart solutions that incorporate and demonstrate the 4CA model
- To advocate for the inclusion of good practices and learning from the program approach in local, district and/or national government processes.
Child-centred approach for CCA and DRR is an innovative approach to CC adaptation as it fosters the agency of children and youth, to work towards making their lives safer and their communities more resilient to CC and climate-related disasters.
Why Focus on Children
There is growing recognition that children are far more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and disasters than adults. These impacts will challenge their ability to live productive livelihoods as the generations before them have. It will affect their right to survival, protection, development and participation.
They will face the brunt of future extreme climatic conditions and as several child-centred adaptation programs are highlighting, if we are to put children’s rights at the centre of risk reduction processes, we must also understand and value children’s capacity to create change in the communities.