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USCCB offers principles for addressing climate change

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 00:00
Among the principles, Bishop Blaire said: 'Participation by local affected communities in shaping policy responses to address climate change and programs for adapting to climate change is essential.'...

Understanding urban growth trends in Kathmandu Valley

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 00:00
As part of the capacity development of stakeholders on Urban Growth Trend Tools and Techniques, a weeklong training from 7 to 14 March 2013 was conducted in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal with support from the UNDP Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Programme. This included training in the use of GIS and Open Street Mapping...

Hoboken joins UN's resilient cities campaign

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 00:00
'In the face of stronger and more frequent storms, the cost of inaction is too great,' said Hoboken Mayor, Dawn Zimmer. 'We must act now to make our communities more resilient. This campaign is an opportunity for us to learn from other communities around the world'...

Swiss Re's sigma on natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2012 reports USD 77 billion in insured losses and economic losses of USD 186 billion

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 00:00
'The severe weather-related events in the US provided a reminder of the value of insurance and the vital role it plays in helping individuals, communities and businesses to recover from the devastating effects of catastrophes. However, large parts of the globe that are prone to weather extremes were not able to rely on financial relief due to low...

Brazil moves to reduce disaster risk as severe rainfall worsens

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 00:00
'Every year we see officials using heavy rain as an excuse, saying it rained more than predicted for the summer. But what is predictable? We have to build mechanisms that bring more resilience to the flood prevention system. We can't do calculations based on data from the past, because we don't know what the future is going to be,' says the...

Fiji: Water project a success

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 00:00
'In Fiji, the collaborative work of the Nadi Basin Catchment Committee is enabling practical solutions to reduce the human impacts of flooding,' said Pacific Community DG, Dr Rodgers. 'This pioneering work demonstrates what can be achieved when communities, agencies and the private sector come together to face a problem that is not solvable...

Join the online dialogue on reducing urban and local risks to shape the post-2015 HFA / Rejoindre le dialogue en ligne/ Únete al diálogo en línea

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 00:00
UNISDR is pleased to announce the next round of online dialogues for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. This dialogue focuses on the 'Critical issues and priorities needed to address urban risks and local governance for disaster resilience'...

Gender-sensitive climate finance crucial - experts

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 00:00
'A gender sensitive approach matters because women are often left out of activities funded by climate financing,' commented Gail Karlsson, a senior policy adviser at ENERGIA, an international network on gender and sustainable energy in an online discussion...

Water-sparing rice farming proves viable in Kenya

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 00:00
Environmental experts have warned that increasingly tough climatic conditions around the world are making it much harder to meet the growing demand for food. 'This calls for more adaptation techniques to enhance food productivity,' said Evans Kituyi, a climate change adaptation specialist at the International Development Research Centre in...

Gender relations are changing along with climate

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 00:00
'Most NGOs have longstanding gender commitments, and are beginning to incorporate them in their climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction,' says Kulima's Katharine Vincent. 'However, what we have noticed is that despite ongoing theoretical commitment, there is a lack of support tools which particularly address questions of...

EU-Japan: forging closer cooperation in disaster management

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 00:00
'Natural Disasters are becoming more intense and more frequent. The triple disaster that hit Japan in March 2011 showed that even the best prepared countries can be overwhelmed by the force of nature. We can better meet these challenges by working together. I am convinced that exchanging information and best practices will benefit us both, the...

Aqaba's resilience protects investments

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 00:00
Speaking at the opening of the Conference, Dr. Mahadin said: 'The ancient name for Aqaba is Ayla, meaning in Arabic 'on the verge of collapse.' Geologically speaking, Aqaba is always prone to disasters and thus needs to adopt a disaster risk reduction strategy'...

Disaster risk reduction in the Arab world

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 00:00
'Forest fires in Lebanon and earthquakes in Algeria are all reminders of how vulnerable this region is. As in other parts of the world, we know who suffers the most - the poor,' said Jordan Ryan, director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery at the UN Development Programme...

Mali conflict ups pressure on climate-stressed herders

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 00:00
Since the 1980s, local and international aid groups have worked to restore the natural meadows, hoping to ease the fodder shortages induced by shifting climate patterns. But due to the recent conflict, many have had to leave the region, halting their efforts at least temporarily...

Arab States seek agreement on reducing risk

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 00:00
'Arab countries have made significant progress on the development front over the past decades,' commented Jordan Ryan, UNDP BCPR Director. 'However, such gains are put in jeopardy because of weak systems for disaster preparedness, which make the population vulnerable to a multitude of environmental disasters, especially in urban areas'...

New tool to track whether adaptation supports development

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 00:00
'As governments and development partners begin to invest large sums of money in action to adapt to climate change, it is essential that they focus on adaptation's contribution to long term development, and not just spend money on adaptation projects,' says Dr Simon Anderson, head of IIED's climate change group...

New call launched for collaborative research on climate change adaptation in Africa and Asia

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 00:00
IDRC has launched a call for submissions of joint concept notes for the establishment of research consortia under the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). CARIAA is a seven-year research program jointly funded by the UK's Department for International Development and IDRC... ​

Jordan: Petra joins UNISDR cities campaign

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 00:00
Ms. Wahlström said: 'You are protecting something that belongs to the rest of the world as well. We hope other cities which are guardians of other cultural properties of our common heritage will follow your example and join the campaign'...

Arab States seek agreement on reducing disaster risk at UN-backed conference

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 00:00
'A shocking absence of enforced building construction standards, a sharp rise in urban poverty, and the growing and unchecked impact of climate change are among other factors that must make us even more determined to act decisively,' Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society and co-host of the conference, said...

Jordan: Aqaba hosts meeting on reducing disaster risk in Arab states

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 00:00
'It is the first time that decision makers, ministries, organizations and institutions from the Arab states come together to share experiences and promote regional coordination for reducing the impact of natural disasters', said Beat von Daeniken, Swiss Agency for Development and Coordination (SDC) Regional Director of Jordan, Lebanon, Syria...