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IFRC: Guidelines on community early warning systems

DRR News - Wed, 01/30/2013 - 00:00
The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies advocates for a more people-centred approach that is essential to ensure information and warnings captured by satellites, computer modelling and other technologies reach the most vulnerable communities, who can then act on them. Early warnings alone do not keep hazards from turning...

New mapping tool provides unprecedented ability to assess water risk

DRR News - Wed, 01/30/2013 - 00:00
'Recent history is littered with companies that failed to anticipate emerging threats. Water scarcity is one such threat. Thankfully, forward-thinking business leaders are starting to get it. They understand that water risk is one of the top issues that they face,' said Andrew Steer, President, World Resources Institute...

Mitigation des séismes: La Confédération poursuit son programme de mesures

DRR News - Wed, 01/30/2013 - 00:00
La protection contre les séismes doit encore être renforcée en Suisse. Le Conseil fédéral a dévoilé aujourd'hui les points forts de son programme de mesures de mitigation des séismes pour la période 2013 à 2016. Celui-ci prévoit notamment l'extension du réseau accélérométrique...

Mali war against Islamists halts climate adaptation projects

DRR News - Wed, 01/30/2013 - 00:00
Escalating conflict with Islamic militants in Mali is leading to the suspension of development and aid programmes in the country, threatening efforts to deal with climate change, hunger and other problems, aid and development workers say...

Viet Nam: Scientists want climate plans changed

DRR News - Tue, 01/29/2013 - 00:00
Dr Duong Van Ni of Can Tho University has urged authorities to adopt approaches specific to each region of southern Viet Nam because the impact of climate change varies from area to area. He has also encouraged authorities to collaborate and exchange information on water levels and other specific data...

Poor Filipinos continue to bear the brunt of climate change, says new report

DRR News - Tue, 01/29/2013 - 00:00
The Philippines is one of the world's most at-risk nations to multiple hazards such as cyclones, floods and earthquakes. ‘Filipinos are disproportionately affected by such hazards as compared to other nations with comparable populations exposed to similar hazards', says Justin Ginnetti, IDMC's advisor on natural disasters and the author of the latest...

Philippines: St. Bernard shares best practices at international forum

DRR News - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 00:00
At the International Recovery Platform in Kobe, St. Bernard Mayor Rico Rentuza presented the inputs which focused on the major role of government especially as policy-maker in risk reduction and recovery. The annual event serves as a venue to explore specific measures to address gaps in the recovery practices and identify resources to the said problem...

Thailand: 'City, national govt must work together on flood prevention' - Experts

DRR News - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 00:00
'No more blame game,' Professor Dr Thanawat Jarupongsakul, head of Chulalongkorn University's Unit for Disaster and Land Information Studies, said. 'The next Bangkok governor and the government should work together to solve the problem and cope with flood situations'...

Pakistan, UN seek to cut risk of glacial lake floods

DRR News - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 00:00
The Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) project will run until 2015 and it is aiming to raise awareness of the of public institutions and vulnerable communities on the issue, as well as building their capacity to prevent disasters. The project will involve locals to draw up disaster management plans and to install early warning systems...

Changing with the climate

DRR News - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 00:00
MIT Proefessor Greenstone said that in addition to contributing to the science of climate change, researchers can partner with policymakers and planners to try to find successful adaptation strategies. 'This collaboration is important because 'the playbook of successful adaptation strategies I think is rather small,' he added...

The cost of ignoring the warning signs - EEA publishes ‘Late lessons from early warnings, volume II'

DRR News - Wed, 01/23/2013 - 00:00
A new European Environment Agency study recommends policy makers to respond to early warnings more rapidly, particularly in cases of large scale emerging technologies. It proposes that those causing any future harm should pay for the damage...

Time to think about climate adaptation

DRR News - Wed, 01/23/2013 - 00:00
Australian states should urgently respond to the changing weather patters by investing in early warning systems, tightening building design codes, adapting practices in industry and agriculture, and taking other measures, according to Ziggy Switkowski, writing for the Climate Spectator...

Japan: ‘Nation-toughening' projects lauded

DRR News - Wed, 01/23/2013 - 00:00
Japan's new ¥20.2 trillion economic package featuring public works is aimed at strengthening the seismic capacity of buildings and constructing tsunami walls around ports and exposed coastal areas, and the decentralization of Tokyo's capital functions through infrastructure development in the countryside...

Zimbabwe's climate change policies need an urban focus

DRR News - Tue, 01/22/2013 - 00:00
Zimbabwe's development policies should be related to adaptation, such as promoting water harvesting techniques at the household level. Education on climate change should be initiated at primary schools to create awareness at an early age and help people prepare, told Shepard Zvigadza of ZERO Regional Environment Organization...

Japan, Fukushima disaster: An early nuclear warning - Was it for naught?

DRR News - Tue, 01/22/2013 - 00:00
Officials in the USA are working on plans to ensure that flood, earthquake or other disaster situations would not cause nuclear meltdowns such as that of the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. Action to prepare for a dual meltdown was not a case of 'forewarned is forearmed,' but more like 'forewarned is forestalled'...

Fiji needs to strengthen disaster resilient communities

DRR News - Tue, 01/22/2013 - 00:00
'With the input provided by the speakers and participants we will be able provide valuable insights on how climate and weather forecasting can help our nation and communities prepare for the considerable challenges of the next decade and century,' said Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Samuela Saumatua...

Nigeria: Expert predicts more flooding in 2013

DRR News - Tue, 01/22/2013 - 00:00
Unless preventive measures are put in place, Lagos will experience more flooding, according to Prof Iyiola Oni, the Head of Geography Department, University of Lagos. He suggested that river channels should be drained and people living near the banks should be informed about the flood risks, reports Leadership...

UN 'can and should' recognize climate migrants

DRR News - Mon, 01/21/2013 - 00:00
'To date, no international body has accepted responsibility for addressing the issue of climate migration, despite its importance as an emerging policy issue,' said Chris Gibb of the University of Montreal.' Together with James Ford of McGill University, Gibb examined in his paper the complexity of defining climate migrants...

Women need more adaptation funding, activists charge

DRR News - Mon, 01/21/2013 - 00:00
Hasan Mehedi, the chief executive of Humanitywatch, a non-governmental organisation that works in coastal areas, said that women are much more vulnerable to death during disasters. 'Despite their high vulnerability, women and their safety get less attention from state functionaries,' Mehedi said. He added that coastal women are particularly...

Disaster resilience norms may become mandatory

DRR News - Mon, 01/21/2013 - 00:00
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has instructed commercial banks to ask for compliance with the National Disaster Management Authority's disaster resilience norms from loan applicants applying for infrastructure finance before building constructions begin or even earlier, at the design phase...

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