I am often skeptical on the functioning of diplomacy. With a social science perspective, I tend to look at the direct effects on local communities. From this angle, people who are climbing to (or have already reached) the top of diplomacy are often too powerful and act in self-interest. It’s a story we hear over and over again; we need to focus on inclusion of communities, raise their voices, and work with participatory- and bottom up approaches to empower the poor. However, the role of diplomacy is only the tip of the ice berg. While I was reading “GFDRR on Risk Identification”, (Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery) I realized even more how data collection, information, and open data sources are very important. Without information, we cannot tackle and solve the problems on a diplomacy level. While diplomacy is important for decision making and implementation, it is mostly other actors that provide the relevant information for policymakers, communities, and other stakeholders.
Even if risk management and identification is not in your interests (it will be in your field), it is still an interesting short read to understand its importance and ways to tackle climate change and natural hazards. As well as what GFDRR does and is involved in.
GFDRR supports the development and deployment of innovative and collaborative risk identification solutions to improve the availability of relevant risk information for policymakers, communities, and other stakeholders.
Why Risk Identification Matters
Recognizing, assessing, and understanding risks from natural hazards and climate change are the first steps toward reducing their adverse effects. With access to comprehensive disaster risk information, policymakers and the public can better understand the potential impacts of natural hazards, and carry out risk-sensitive planning and investment before a disaster strikes.