Increasing pressures on natural resources from resource use and climate impacts along with the increasing vulnerability of communities to natural disasters highlights the need to better address natural and socio-economic resilience. PPPM research in this area includes issues such as the need:
- for communities to better prepare for natural hazards to reduce impacts and improve recovery
- to manage resources in the context of climate change and use pressure
The Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience (OPDR) is an applied research program working toward the mission of creating a disaster resilient state. Developed and coordinated by the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (IPRE) at the University of Oregon, OPDR employs a service learning model to increase community capacity and enhance disaster safety and resilience statewide.