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An evaluation of availability and adequacy of Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems in Asian...

Early warning systems are widely considered as one of the more important aspects to reduce the impacts and consequences that hazardous natural events pose to societies. Similar to the other terms related to disaster risk reduction, this concept has evolved over time to eventually result in a...

People-Centered Early Warning Systems in China: A Bibliometric Analysis of Policy Documents

People-Centred Early Warning Systems (PCEWSs) is thought to be low-cost but effective, however, existing studies fail to discuss the basic characteristics of PCEWSs, how a PCEWSs should be built, and the extensible applications of PCEWSs. This study aims for making a significant contribution to...

Mapping the effectiveness of nature‐based solutions for climate change adaptation

Nature‐based solutions (NbS) to climate change currently have considerable political traction. However, national intentions to deploy NbS have yet to be fully translated into evidence‐based targets and action on the ground. To enable NbS policy and practice to be better informed by science, we...

Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance Phase II - Lessons from Year 2

Phase II of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance was launched in July 2018. The first year largely focused on setting up the internal systems and structures to achieve our broader objectives. Combining investment in these systems and structures with leveraging Phase I successes is already leading...

Assessing the state of the art in community engagement for participatory decision-making in...

Vulnerable communities are often marginalized in the decision-making process in urban development due to barriers to community entry and challenges for community engagement. The state-of-the-art on these constraints’ limits to a specific region, state, or a context; thus, the knowledge is...

Enhancing resilience of systems to individual and systemic risk: steps toward an integrative...

Individual events can trigger systemic risks in many complex systems, from natural to man-made. Yet, analysts are still usually treating these two types of risks separately. We suggest that, rather, individual risks and systemic risks represent two ends of a continuum and therefore should not be...

The influence of tailored risk communication on individual adaptive behaviour

Hydro-meteorological hazards annually lead to considerable economic losses worldwide. Property level flood risk adaptation (PLFRA) measures have shown to decrease potential damages by floods and other hazards. However, such measures are often implemented inadequately, frequently because of...

Urban Water Governance and Learning—Time for More Systemic Approaches?

Social learning, especially triple-loop social learning involving institutional and governance changes, has great potential to address urban water issues such as flooding, drought, and pollution. It facilitates urban transition and the adoption of more systemic approaches and innovations. Social...

COVID-19: From physical distancing to community approach

Facing the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, the Flood Resilience Program of the Mexican Red Cross that is implemented as part of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (ZFRA) had to stop all community and face-to-face activities. Instead, the flood resilience team developed and implemented the...

Women, ICT and emergency telecommunications - opportunities and constraints

In the wake of a disaster, women are more vulnerable and more likely to die than men. Yet how often are their needs specifically addressed in work to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, even though doing so could unlock many opportunities and unblock many constraints? In the 1991...

Introduction to impact-based forecasting

This five minute video from Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre provides a useful introduction to and overview of what impact based forecasting is, and the role it does and can play in disaster risk reduction.

Technology and Innovation: Tools to help close the Protection Gap in Micro insurance Markets

This paper discusses how technology and innovation can be powerful tools in building more resilient communities. This is true across the insurance marketplace, but there are some particularly exciting opportunities for progress at the micro-level. Technology can extend the reach of insurers; it...

Quantifying the economic impact of disasters on businesses using mobility data

In recent years, extreme shocks (such as natural disasters) have increased in both frequency and intensity. Consequently, many cities have experienced significant economic losses. Quantifying the economic cost to local businesses after extreme shocks is important for postdisaster assessment and...

Adaptive capacity as an educational goal to advance policy for integrating DRR into quality...

This paper explores how the linkages between quality education, education for sustainable development (ESD), and disaster risk reduction (DRR) education may be strengthened and functionalised through the application of “adaptive capacity” as a common learning objective. Adaptive capacity is...

A Data-Driven Framework to Address Gender Issues in Managing Flood Risks

This study contributes to the broader literature demonstrating the devastating impact of floods on the poor, particularly women, making it very difficult to move out of poverty. Research on flood impacts in low-income communities in Buenos Aires found that most first responders to floods are...

Scaling up disaster risk reduction in humanitarian action

This report is not a "how to" guide nor a substitute for the extensive guidance and tools on the effective delivery of DRR or the humanitarian programme cycle. Instead it outlines ways to make DRR more integral to humanitarian level planning and programming at the country level, particularly in...

Leveraging multi-stakeholder partnerships for integrated water resources management in Afghanistan

Strengthening Water Resources Management in Afghanistan (SWaRMA) was a two-year project (2018–2019) supported by the National Water Affairs Regulation Authority (NWARA) – formerly the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) – Government of Afghanistan, and the Government of Australia. The project was...

Strengthening disaster management policy in Pacific Island countries: Policy reform for disaster...

Losses from disaster shocks are felt across Pacific Islands. Pacific Island Countries (PIC) such as Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu have been repeatedly hit by tropical cyclones, each time incurring significant losses. For example, Vanuatu alone is estimated to incur an average of $48 million of...

Insuring Sustainable Development: What drives uptake of insurance in developing countries?

From extreme weather patterns that threaten food security to rising sea levels that mean catastrophe for coastal communities, climate change impedes all elements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is not just major disaster events that we need to worry about. Climate change poses...

Risk, resilience, and rebalancing in global value chains

This report explores the rebalancing act facing many companies in goods-producing value chains as they seek to get a handle on risk. Our focus is not on ongoing business challenges such as shifting customer demand and suppliers failing to deliver, nor on ongoing trends such as digitization and...

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