Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

IDB Supports Fiscal Reform for Climate Change Adaptation in El Salvador [viewed]

IDB7 March 2012: A new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) project in El Salvador will support fiscal and regulatory reform, as well as physical infrastructure upgrades for climate change adaptation, and improve the country's resilience to disasters.

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GEF Releases Documentary on Composting Toilets Project in Tuvalu [viewed]

GEF5 March 2012: A documentary video by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) showcases the experience with composting toilets as a solution to freshwater scarcity in Tuvalu.

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Caribbean Development Bank to Administer Community DRR Fund [viewed]

7 March 2012: The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has reported that it will administer a US$20 million Community Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Fund, which is to be established for Caribbean countries with funds from Canada. The Fund is intended to help Caribbean countries reduce risks, at the community level, posed to vulnerable populations by natural hazards and climate change.

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WMO Bulletin Focuses on Reaching Users of Climate Services [viewed]

7 March 2012: The latest issue of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Bulletin has taken as its theme “reaching users with climate services,” and focuses on user needs, climate science and disaster reduction. 

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SPREP, China Discuss Opportunities for Future Cooperation [viewed]

5 March 2012: During an official visit in Beijing, China, David Sheppard, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), met with China Development Gateway, the official online source of information and development tools for the Chinese Government. Sheppard provided an overview of the work of SPREP and discussed opportunities for future joint cooperation with China.

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UN/ISDR Launches Consultations on Post-Hyogo Framework for DRR [viewed]

5 March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that it has initiated consultations on a disaster risk reduction (DRR) blueprint to succeed the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities, in advance of the 2015 World Conference on Disaster Reduction, which the Japanese Government is proposing to host.   

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World Bank Supports the Strengthening of Mexico's Social Resilience [viewed]

World Bank1 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$300.75 million loan to strengthen Mexico's social resilience to extreme situations, in particular those caused by climate change. The development policy loan promotes state-level climate change action planning, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and the implementation of land development activities, especially at the municipal level, as well as community-level sustainable forest management (SFM). This is the first World Bank programme that focuses on reducing the social impact from climate change effects.

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CEPREDENAC Holds Conference of Central American Disaster Risk Management Leaders [viewed]

1 March 2012: The Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC) held its fourth Conference of Central American Leaders in Management of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Issues Rainfall Warning [viewed]

WMO29 February 2012: The 30th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 30) concluded with a warning that the Greater Horn of Africa, parts of which have suffered badly from drought in recent years, could suffer below normal rainfall during the March-May rainy season. 

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OHCHR Seminar Addresses the Impacts of Climate Change on the Enjoyment of Human Rights [viewed]

23 February 2012: The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recently convened a seminar to deepen the understanding of the relationship between climate change and human rights, and to address the adverse effects of climate change on the full enjoyment of human rights.

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