Costa Rica includes the issue of mobility in its third National Disaster Risk Management Meeting

Costa Rica
28 June, 2021


Costa Rica's Disaster Risk Management Board organized the third National Meeting for Disaster Risk Management at the community-local level, with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).


The objective of this initiative is to contribute to the strengthening of community capacities, promoting links between local actors in disaster risk management processes at the territorial level. 


This national-local meeting provided opportunities for reflection and training and exchanges of good practices, experiences and lessons learned to address the issue at the community level.


"Community participation is fundamental in risk management; we are all jointly responsible and can contribute to the development of less vulnerable territories. We hope that this III Meeting has contributed to foster greater citizen participation and favor the linkage of various social actors, especially migrants," said Maritza Matarrita, Project Officer at IOM Costa Rica.


More than 100 people participated in the event, including representatives of Development Associations, community emergency committees, civil society organizations (women, youth, environmentalists), networks of social organizations, non-governmental organizations, members of the Disaster Risk Management Board and public institutions linked to regional-local development processes such as the Rural Development Institute (INDER), the National Women's Institute (INAMU), Local Governments and the National Directorate for Community Development (DINADECO).


"The Third Meeting on Disaster Risk Management at the local-community level has been an opportunity to demonstrate through the experiences presented and the spaces for dialogue and reflection, that we have reached a significant maturity at the level of organized civil society and citizenship in disaster risk management," said Alice Brenes, member of the Risk and Disaster Management Board.  


The meeting was inaugurated by Alexander Solís, president of the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE), Álvaro Martín Parada Gómez, Vice Rector of Extension of the National University and Isis Orozco, National Coordinator of the IOM Regional Program on Migration.


This activity was conducted within the framework of the Western Hemisphere Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.