In-season decision making 2016/2017
The importance of red-flagging
This case study highlights the fact that any climate system being developed also needs the ability to add in user input. Red-flagging is a core part of Concern's activities and allows non-climate factors and human expertise to influence decision making.
If I'm concerned about a certain areas and a climate hazard meets a local conflict, then there is the option to quickly trigger our early response. Generally i don’t do that. People displace a lot and I don’t want to create pull factors. But if a village is red-flagged, then i’ll do it in most cases. One good example in 2017. A local conflict meant that some local communities had to leave their village and move 50km down the road. Because they were red-flagged, we responded to 4-5 km away with emergency water with basic support. It also meant that I was able to increase the cash transfers. After 4 months of maintaining this, the conflict decreased and people could return to their homes. The support that we provided enabled this because they could stay close by and maintain their livelihoods and homes. Without the red-flagging, then it would have been much more expensive to support those communities and they would have felt much more severe impacts.