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1 November 2004 Natural Hazards and Risk Communication Strategies Among Indigenous Communities
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Attempts to improve risk communication strategies in order to prevent and mitigate disasters caused by natural hazards have been made worldwide. However, most such strategies target non-indigenous populations, while vulnerable communities located in remote mountain areas in the least developed countries lack information in their native language.Awareness of risks associated with flooding and rainfall-induced landslides increased as a result of the tragedy in autumn 1999 in the Sierra Norte de Puebla, Mexico, where loods and landslides devastated dozens of municipalities, claiming more than 200 lives. Consequently, a booklet and a radio message focusing on awareness and preparedness in the event of landslides were produced in Nahuatl, the Aztec language, as an accessibility tool to help prevent and mitigate disasters in indigenous communities. Findings from a preliminary acceptance evaluation undertaken in a local community are analyzed and discussed as an initial approach to developing a sound risk communication strategy based on local knowledge.
Irasema Alcántara-Ayala, Marlene López-Mendoza, Guillermo Melgarejo-Palafox, Roberto C. Borja-Baeza and Ruben Acevo-Zarate "Natural Hazards and Risk Communication Strategies Among Indigenous Communities," Mountain Research and Development 24(4), (1 November 2004).[0298:NHARCS]2.0.CO;2

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