Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Asia-Pacific Experts Adopt Principles for Disaster-Related Statistics [viewed]

UNESCAP30 October 2014: The Expert Group on Disaster-Related Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, established earlier in 2014, has agreed to "core principles for establishing a common basic range of disaster-related statistics" at its first meeting. The principles are expected to move the region toward universal standards that will improve natural disaster preparedness and response.

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EU-Backed Project Launches Electronic Atlas on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

empas 16 October 2014: A collaborative European research project has launched a website with stories and maps relating to climate change adaptation issues. The website, titled ‘Climaps: A Global Issue Atlas of Climate Change Adaptation,' was developed as part of the three-year ‘Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science (EMAPS)' project, which received funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) ‘Science in Society' programme, and used the ‘controversy mapping' method to illustrate the main actors and controversies around major scientific debates.

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Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS [viewed]

sids-conference-20148 October 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues aimed at launching new partnerships, sharing successes, and documenting progress on key issues important to SIDS' sustainable development. Summaries from the dialogues' Chairs, issued as a UN General Assembly document of 8 October 2014, highlight the array of partnerships committed to at the conference.

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Event: Analysis and Management of Changing Risks for Natural Hazards [viewed]

This conference is the culmination of two European Commission (EC) projects: Changing Hydro-meteorological Risks as Analyzed by a New Generation of European Scientists (CHANGES); and Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation (IncREO). It aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas related to effective risk management strategies. Participants will also discuss research results on the effects of changing hydro-meteorological risks and the development of innovative methodologies for quantitative hazard and risk forecasts. Sessions will take place on: ecosystem-based approaches to disaster management; forecasting future changes in hydro-meteorological triggers; using remote sensing techniques to generate asset maps; modeling changes in societal parameters to characterize exposure and vulnerability; modeling changes in natural risks and risk scenarios; adapting risk management to future changes; risk communication; geo-information and visualization tools for risk assessments; and transferability of multi-hazard risk assessment methods to developing countries.  

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Western Balkans and Turkey Agree to Develop Regional Early Warning System [viewed]

unisdr.wmo.ec27 October 2014: Representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey agreed to establish a region-wide approach to climate change adaptation and disaster resilience at the conclusion of a two-year project, ‘Building Resilience to Disasters in Western Balkans and Turkey.'

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Philippines National Budget "Tags" Climate Change Response Funds [viewed]

World Bank-Philippines24 October 2014: In the Philippines, 53 national agencies have begun the process of "tagging" proposed climate change funding in their 2015 national budget submissions. With over 5% of the total tagged as climate change expenditures, the system intends to make the tracking, strategy and prioritization of the national response to climate change more transparent.

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Workshop Addresses Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia [viewed]

UN-HABITAT24 October 2014: UN-Habitat participated in a two-day, high-level event examining 'Environment Change and Urbanization in the South East Asia Region.' Commenting on how climate change will affect rapidly urbanizing areas in the region, Nguyen Quang, Director of UN-Habitat Viet Nam, noted that climate change has had "a direct effect on key urban infrastructure such as transportation, water supply and energy, and exacerbates urbanization problems."

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million [viewed]

Adaptation Fund10 October 2014: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has announced it will fund six climate resilience projects, in Costa Rica, India, Kenya and South Africa. The decision represents a doubling in the direct access finance provided by the Fund. In addition, the Board approved almost US$150,000 in South-South grants to provide training on the Fund's accreditation process so that more countries will be able to take advantage of direct access finance.

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Co-Chairs Release Zero Draft of Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR21 October 2014: The Preparatory Committee of the Third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction's (DRR) has issued the Zero Draft of the post-2015 framework, prepared by the Committee's Co-Chairs, Päivi Kairamo, Finland, and Thani Thongphakdi, Thailand. The Zero Draft, which builds on the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA), will be discussed at the PrepCom's Second Session, in November 2014. The final version is expected to be adopted at the March 2015 Conference.

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Seychelles Qualifies for World Bank Resilience Financing [viewed]

World Bank15 October 2014: The World Bank announced that Seychelles has become the first African country to gain access to the Bank's contingency financing to help build resilience and better respond to natural disasters, such as cyclones, flooding and landslides. The financing will allow Seychelles to access a reserve of US$7 million in the aftermath of any natural disaster declared an emergency by the government.

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