Engaging communities in managing multiple hazards: reflections from small islands in North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Rampengan, Mercy M.F., Law, Lisa, Gaillard, J.C., Boedhihartono, Agni Klintuni, and Sayer, Jeffrey (2016) Engaging communities in managing multiple hazards: reflections from small islands in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 37 (2). pp. 249-267.

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Abstract

Participatory methods are a common approach for giving voice to local communities in hazard and disaster research. Drawing on a study that trialled and modified a range of participatory methods in North Sulawesi, eastern Indonesia, this paper reflects on how such methods help document the capacities of small island communities. We assessed capacity from a sustainable livelihoods perspective, identifying the assets that enable villagers to cope with hazards. This overall approach promoted a discourse of strengths and resourcefulness, contrasting with vulnerability and needs-assessment approaches common to government and non-governmental organizations, which tend to focus on weaknesses and can sometimes fuel undeliverable expectations of funding. We provide a critical reflection on participatory methods and their significance for researchers, policy makers and funding agencies working with communities in hazard-prone regions.

Item ID: 45595
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: participatory methods, capacity, hazards research, small island communities
ISSN: 1467-9493
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2016 07:30
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040604 Natural Hazards @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961099 Natural Hazards not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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