While almost 85 percent of people from developing countries are struggling to cope with natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruption, typhoons, floods and droughts, funding for risk reduction, including preparedness, is insufficient with only $3.7 billion (1 percent) out of $363-billion total aid spent on disaster reduction in the poorest countries, according to United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster-Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlstrom.
The development objective of the Jakarta Urgent Flood Mitigation Project is to contribute to the improvement of the operations and maintenance of a priority part of the flood management system in Jakarta. Negative impacts includes: air quality, noise pollution, water quality, waste management, medical waste, and direct or indirect hazards to public traffic and pedestrians by construction activities.
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When young Nepalis opt to study outside their native land, they often do so with the hope of improving their own lives. But Ashraya Dixit used the opportunities in America to make a difference back home in Nepal.
A student at Grinnell College, Ashraya is a recipient of the prestigious Davis Projects for Peace, 2011, which grants US$10,000 to youth with innovative methods of building peace.
Ashraya’s project titled Straws of Steel took place in the summer of 2011 and aimed to “introduce a new, efficient, low cost, and safe building technique using straw bales to Shivagadi village in the Kapilvastu district of Nepal, an area that frequently faces flashfloods, droughts, fires and earthquakes.
Stella Cabilogan’s house was hit hard by the flash floods over the weekend that killed about 600 people, but she has decided against moving with her two children into a nearby evacuation center.
“The situation in the evacuation center is very difficult,” she said by telephone on Monday from the southern city of Cagayan do Oro. “There is no water or sanitation there. It’s very easy to get sick.”
North African Coastal Cities Face Multi-Billion Dollar Losses Without Disaster Prevention, Climate Change MovesPosted on: 17 June 2011 - 10:21am
The North African cities of Alexandria, Casablanca and Tunis could each face a growing bill (cumulative losses) of more than $1 billion by the year 2030 if they don’t act to strengthen strategies for natural disaster prevention and climate change adaptation.
Climate-smart urban planning, institutional reforms and targeted infrastructure investments can be part of the solution according to a new report from the World Bank.
Over the past 30 years, storms, floods and droughts have increased threefold, according to the UNs International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. When extreme weather strikes, the poor are usually hit hardest. Disaster relief agencies try to pick up the pieces. But increasingly, governments and UN agencies are going one step further. Earth Report investigates how poor farmers in Honduras and fishing communities in Vietnam are working with disaster risk managers to strengthen natures defences against the violent effects of climate change.
St Louis, Senegal's historic former capital, is the city most threatened by rising sea levels in the whole of Africa. Every rainy season, thousands of people face upheaval from flood devastation. Learn what the city's Mayor, Cheikh Mamadou Abiboulaye Dieye brings the plight of his city to the World Mayors Summit on Climate in Mexico City.
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Videos from the Philippine province of Albay discussing climate change, adaptation, and disaster management, featuring Albay governor Joey Salceda.
View video 1: Intro to Albay, Philippines and its DRR/CCA Initiative and Partnerships
View video 2: CCA, and Areas of Investment
The paper seeks to makes a correlation between poverty; and disaster-induced losses and to clearly put forth a hypothesis for deepening poverty in India; the disaster – poverty cycle, and to suggest that India would perpetually remain a developing nation unless attempts are made to reduce the burden of disasters on the public exchequer. A practical strategy is put forth for disrupting the disaster – poverty cycle through appropriate risk management measures.