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دخول البتراء إلى حملة المدن الآمنة عالمياً

DRR News - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 00:00
وأشادت والستروم بالبترا التي تعتبر واحدة من مواقع التراث العالمي الهامة بالجهود التي تبذل في سبيل الحفاظ على إرثها الحضاري، مؤكدة أهمية شمول المدينة بالحملة، ما سيسهم في تعزيز حضورها عالميا...

Two years after the tsunami: Mainstreaming disaster risk management

DRR News - Wed, 03/13/2013 - 00:00
As one of the most geologically violent areas in the world, Japan has a centuries-long tradition of disaster risk management. 'If we don't invest in resilience, we simply can't afford to continue to develop the way that we do,' said World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development Rachel Kyte...

Bangladesh: 'Disaster preparedness at UP level in sorry state' - Opinion

DRR News - Wed, 03/13/2013 - 00:00
Bangladesh is 'highly vulnerable to natural disasters including large-scale floods and flash flooding, tidal surges, typhoons and cyclones, earthquakes, droughts and human sufferings due to cold weather in the winter season,' warns Mohammad Tarikul Islam PhD researcher of Jahangirnagar University...

Call to save lives and protect investments from war and disasters

DRR News - Wed, 03/13/2013 - 00:00
'Risk is growing faster than our capacity to manage it. Economic development must be accompanied by disaster resilience which is essential to poverty reduction,' said the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström...

Climate Conversations - Rwanda fund to test international appetite for financing climate adaptation

DRR News - Tue, 03/12/2013 - 00:00
Rwanda is facing a serious threat to its development. The costs of adapting to or mitigating the impacts of climate change that will result in more landslides, floods and drought, may rise to $300 million a year by 2030. The Rwandan government is hoping that this risk will also provide the country with an opportunity to secure additional climate finance...

USAID launches Pacific climate change projects

DRR News - Tue, 03/12/2013 - 00:00
'To help identify mostly small infrastructure that would need assistance to make them more climate resilient, and working in disaster preparation, prevention and response,' USAID's mission director for the Pacific Islands, Gloria Steele told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat...

Country-specific climate vulnerability data now online

DRR News - Tue, 03/12/2013 - 00:00
'We hope that with the online version, more people will access and use the Monitor at a national level. So far, it's been primarily used to inform policy and debate at the global level,' said Saleemul Huq, a senior fellow in the climate change group at the International Institute for Environment and Development...

UNESCO to partner Nigerian media for effective information dissemination

DRR News - Tue, 03/12/2013 - 00:00
'It will also improve the wellbeing of community members through community-tailored programmes in the areas of livelihood, disaster risk reduction, climate change mitigation, among others', said UNESCO's National Programme Officer for Communication and Information of community radio...

UNISDR Chief returns to tsunami affected town

DRR News - Mon, 03/11/2013 - 00:00
Almost two years after the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake, UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström paid a return visit to one of the worst-affected towns, Minami-Sanriku, in Miyagi Prefecture, and met with the Mayor, Mr. Jin Sato...

Cooperation key to drought prevention, UN officials stress at high-level meeting

DRR News - Mon, 03/11/2013 - 00:00
'Prevention must be our priority,' Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his video message to the opening of the High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy in Geneva. 'No single nation can insulate itself from global shocks. The only way to respond is through cooperation – between countries and among civil society, government and...

Japan: Fukushima's future

DRR News - Sun, 03/10/2013 - 00:00
The lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster 'may help not only to reduce the risk of future accidents, but also to facilitate recovery in areas around the world that have been contaminated by radioactive or other toxic substances,' stated Shinichi Nakayama, a researcher in radioactive waste management at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency...

Philippine cities tackle climate change

DRR News - Wed, 03/06/2013 - 00:00
Davao is reviewing its land use policy; officials are mapping how many of the city's 1.6 million residents live in flood-prone areas, and will try to bolster urban agriculture. The city invested US$2 million to fund a super-info hub to provide early warning for natural as well as manmade disasters...

In Kenya, information strengthens pastoralists' resilience

DRR News - Wed, 03/06/2013 - 00:00
'Lack of adequate information and focus on emergency responses has left communities exposed to the effects of climate change. More focus must now go towards ensuring that the communities have the ability to withstand the effects of climate change. Building resilience is the way to go,' said Victor Orindi, climate change advisor in the Ministry...

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Putting local climate know-how on the map

DRR News - Wed, 03/06/2013 - 00:00
'In the past, most climate change initiatives have been top-down, coming from the government level,” said Martin Barriteau, executive director of Sustainable Grenadines. 'But our communities, especially the ones on the coast, have been witnessing and adapting to the effects of climate changes over time'...

Bangladesh: Post-2015 agenda - Disaster risk management

DRR News - Tue, 03/05/2013 - 00:00
Effective disaster management and straightening the resilience to natural hazards and climate change are some of the goals of the Government of Bangladesh, and it stresses the importance of seasonal flood and drought mitigation, early warning systems, and drawing up a natural disaster insurance scheme...

'Despite hype, insurance not key to resilience for farmers' - SREX author

DRR News - Tue, 03/05/2013 - 00:00
Tom Mitchell, SREX lead author says that insurance, when combined with other risk-management measures like early warning systems, can provide valuable information to the vulnerable, better preparing them to weather disasters. But when insurance is the only means of reducing risk, it 'can convey a feeling of security while actually leaving people...

Making cities resilient: from awareness to implementation - Special journal issue for free

DRR News - Tue, 03/05/2013 - 00:00
The International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment has just published a special issue entitled 'Making cities resilient: from awareness to implementation', which details the achievements cities participating in the Making Cities Resilient Campaign have taken to build their communities' resilience to disasters...

Indonesia tries 'cloud seeding' to prevent flooding in Jakarta

DRR News - Mon, 03/04/2013 - 00:00
Whether or not cloud seeding proves capable of diverting rain, it can only be part of the solution, said Syamsul Maarif, head of the government's National Disaster Management Agency. 'Cloud seeding is only a supplementary method in our flood prevention efforts. Maintaining the drainage system, dredging rivers and strengthening dams and dykes should...

Zimbabwe's farmers dig in to capture the deluge

DRR News - Mon, 03/04/2013 - 00:00
'Policymakers are aware of the increased frequency of droughts and floods in Zimbabwe.' But until someone figures out how to use that evidence to help Zimbabwe's smallholder farmers deal with the cycle of drought and flood, they will look for ways to help themselves — such as digging ponds and lakes. Some environmentalists, however,...

Tunisia: Green growth vital for reducing disaster risk

DRR News - Mon, 03/04/2013 - 00:00
Frank Sperling, Chief Climate Change Specialist with the Africa Development Bank, highlighted that strengthening risk management and building resilience is essential for advancing green growth in light of climatic change, increasing natural resource pressures and population growth globally and in Africa itself...

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