-  KEN 4  -

The fourth workshop of the KEN network was hosted by YAKKUM in Indonesia in 2011. The network embraced a new partner from Indonesia, Muhammadiyah (Movement promoting social and educational advancement), as well as representatives from the Malaita Chazon Development Authority in Solomon Islands. A representative from UNDP participated for the first time and suggested that UNDP co-host KEN 5 in Bangkok, Thailand. At KEN 4, the theme was Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change (which has been identified as a major factor causing disasters and affecting at-risk communities). At the conference, the Tag/YAKKUM joint community center project initiated following the Mt. Merapi earthquake was presented and discussed. The project was developed as a community-based model for preparing for and responding to disasters through the harnessing of local community capacity, enhancing resilience and strengthening community cohesion. Similarly, discussion focused on climate change which is increasingly a dominant cause of environmental, social and economic disasters. Participants began planning the integration of climate change education for children into the next school safety project.

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