Building community resilience is the process of strengthening capacities of individuals, communities, governments, and other social systems to manage natural disasters effectively in order to minimize losses, and “bounce back” in the shortest possible time. It is both a “journey” and a “destination” at the same time, and we must focus on both simultaneously to realize its benefits.

Building community resilience can take many forms. In the Sundarbans of Bangladesh, community resilience can be built by providing the fishing communities with access to early warning systems in order to better manage their time at sea and to prevent the loss of lives, boats, and fishing equipment. In the remote islands of Indonesia, community resilience can be strengthened by
reducing the dependence of farmers on costly commercial fertilizers and farm inputs through the practice of permaculture – a holistic form of organic and sustainable food production.

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