The SADC Disaster Risk Reduction Unit (DRRU) was established in 2009 to enhance regional capacity in respect of disaster risk management, and coordination of regional disaster response and international humanitarian assistance in the Southern African sub-region.
The SADC DRRU promotes and supports sub-regional and national capacity development for DRR mainstreaming into development policies and programmes of member States. In addition, through SADC thematic programmes, DRRU facilitates linkages between DRR and climate change mechanisms and climate change adaptation programmes.
The SADC region is prone to natural hazards and related disasters such as droughts, floods, cyclones, livestock disease, epidemics and other associated shocks and hazards. A number of the hazards facing the sub-region are trans-boundary in nature.
Climate change and climate variability are increasing the frequency and intensity of hydro-meteorological hazards in the sub-region, resulting in the increased number of disaster events, especially among vulnerable communities.
The SADC DRRU, established in the Directorate of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security; seeks to improve resilience of communities, reduce vulnerability and mitigate impacts of disasters on citizens of the SADC sub-region.