Culture and local knowledge in building resilience

Often, local cultures and knowledge are not or barely mentioned in debates on resilience. They are often limited to details related to the context or specific situations. However, during crises, daily life is reorganized and finds in cultural aspects, the means to develop strategies of survival, adaptation and resilience. Culture and the environment are essential factors in building resilience. They allow us to recreate meaning both in social relationships and in understanding crises. This is why cultural sensitivity and location allow these elements to be highlighted.

Crises radically change the environment, the context and the culture as well as the way in which communities interact with them. The use of local knowledge and social interactions in resilience-building projects makes it possible to avoid a break with what makes sense in a society and to link the past, the realities of the present and plan for the future. Cultural, religious and social traditions, feelings of belonging and attachment to places and the environment are essential elements for resisting, persevering and rebuilding in extreme trials.

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