VPL study for disaster reduction

Visión de Primera Línea (VPL) remains as the largest independent global study on disaster risk reduction at the local level.


It is a forward-looking monitoring process that supports the approaches of the Reducción del Riesgo de Desastre (RRD) focused on people. It is intended to support the local implementation of Marco de Sendai para la RRD and other aspects of people-centered sustainable development frameworks and climate change.


Since its launch in 2009, the experience of VPL has shown that the mobilization of people at risk and local actors to participate in a bottom-up monitoring process can provide an excellent means of promoting dialogue, promoting raise awareness, deepen understanding of risk and promote the commitment of the entire society to strengthening resilience.


VPL 2019 aims to foster inclusion and collaboration between governments, people at risk and civil society, policies and practices for strengthening resilience and reducing risk.


Visión de Primera Línea 2019 offers a complementary bottom-up perspective, on progress at the impact and results level, to the top-down tool for monitoring Sendai, by UNISDR. VPL 2019 establish a local baseline and local monitoring process to measure progress towards an inclusive “people-centered” approach to strengthening resilience, as fostered in the MSRRD and associates.


VPL takes a systems-level perspective, which recognizes that different actors have different but related responsibilities at different administrative levels. Interviews at the local level are supplemented by survey questions directed at key informants working in the institutional and political environment, at the sub-national and national levels.


The “enabling environment” questions are designed to raise awareness and assess the progress of broader institutional factors essential to anticipating local action, focusing the political focus on the shortcomings and problems that need to be addressed through measures that they reinforce each other, by different actors at different scales. The entire process is led by local actors themselves, strengthening their capacity to monitor and use local risk information..


VPL 2019 will last 3 years. The 3 main components of VPL 2019 include the following: a) data collection through surveys; b) reflection, which helps to analyze the threats and obstacles that communities face and to identify the actions necessary to build resilience; and c) local actions that promote the development of resilience through planning, implementation and influencing policies and practices at the local and national level.


Habitat for Humanity Dominican will be the organization that will implement said project in the Dominican Republic together with seven partner organizations.

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