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Literature review of critical climate-stress moments in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: A resource kit

This resource kit presents a compilation of information on critical climate-stress moments in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. The information is based on a literature review on critical-climate stress moments in agriculture and health due to heat stress and discusses critical moments...

Accelerating Sendai Framework implementation in Asia: Disaster risk reduction in contexts of...

This report explores the links between disasters and conflict in Asia, with a view to supporting accelerated implementation of the Asia Regional Plan, Target E and the Sendai Framework. Just under half of all global disasters occurred in the Asia-Pacific region between 2000 and 2017. The area...

Living with Floods: A Grassroots Analysis of the Causes and Impacts of Typhoon Miranae

On November 2, 2009, typhoon Mirinae slammed into the coast of central Vietnam, killing 122 people and causing $280 million in damage to property. While typhoons regularly strike the coasts of central Vietnam each fall, the severity of this storm took both meteorologists and local disaster relief...

Women as agents of flood resilience: case example from the BRIGE Indonesia program - Ika Yudha

Mercy Corps’ BRIGE program aimed to empower women as agents of resilience, thereby increasing the coping capacities of households and communities to manage the impact of natural disasters and climate-related shock and stresses. Since 2017, BRIGE worked with communities in the flood-prone city...

The future we don't want: how climate change could impact the world's greatest cities

The Technical Report presents the work done by UCCRN for the Future We Don’t Want project. The Report contains results from the data analysis of six major global urban vulnerabilities to climate change based on several key hazards, as well as case studies that present examples of how cities are...

The global value of mangroves for risk reduction

This report uses rigorous hydrodynamic and economic models to value the coastal flood protection services of mangroves globally, and identifies the places where mangroves provide the greatest risk reduction benefits to people and property. This work applies the Expected Damage Function approach,...

Interactions between local and scientific knowledge systems for weather and climate services

Working with rural households to improve their access to met service-generated climate information has highlighted the prevalent use of traditional weather forecasting, which still remains one of the main accessible and trusted sources of weather and climate information in rural communities in...

Increasing resilience to natural disasters with cash-based interventions: lessons learned and...

This study identifies lessons learned on cash transfer programs in Vietnam in response to Typhoon Damrey. CRS interviewed 20 key informants, and surveyed 8 organizations using an online questionnaire. Respondents included humanitarian actors from international nongovernmental organizations, UN...

What matters for households’ recovery trajectories following the Gorkha earthquake?

In April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 9,000 people, destroying or badly damaging more than 800,000 homes and displacing approximately 2.8 million people. Where shocks like earthquakes cannot easily be prevented, strengthening the ability to prepare, respond and...

Floods, hope and pasta

The historic town of Benevento sits approximately 50 kilometers northeast of Naples. It is a place known for food, including fine pasta. As an insurer, Zurich is helping customers in towns like Benevento to become more resilient to floods.

Risk Nexus Flash Floods: The underestimated natural hazard

In late May and early June 2016, storms ‘Elvira’ and ‘Friederike’ resulted in extreme rainfall exceeding 180 mm in some regions of southern Germany. Some towns were especially hard hit. The center of Braunsbach in Baden-Württemberg was destroyed when a small tributary to the Kocher river...

Houston and Hurricane Harvey: a call to action

Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas on August 25, 2017 as a Category 4 storm. Over the next four days, Harvey dropped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas, causing catastrophic flooding. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than...

Nepal flood 2017: Wake up call for effective preparedness and response

Flooding is not new to the Terai districts of Nepal. Every year, the monsoon floods have caused significant damage and loss to human lives and livelihoods within these southern flood plains. Yet each time the rescue and relief operations seem slow and insufficient and the government comes under...

Drones in humanitarian action

Malawi is a small country in southern Africa with a population of 14 million people who mainly rely on agriculture as a means of subsistence. In 2017, drought in the country affected more than half the population. EU humanitarian support enables Malawian communities to build resilience against...

360 video: Appropriate technology for flood early warning systems in Peru

This 360 degree video allows you to explore the flood early warning systems installed by Practical Action in Chosica, Peru. Open-source electronics and 3D printing are used to create systems that are affordable and appropriate to the communities who need them - meaning life saving information can...

Should resilience-building projects (always) be socially acceptable?

It is imperative for humanitarian and development projects to be sensitive to and respectful of social norms in contexts where they are implemented. Should this systematically be the case however, when cultural practices are harmful and might undermine resilience outcomes? How do aid agencies...

Unbreakable : Building the Resilience of the Poor in the Face of Natural Disasters

“Economic losses from natural disasters totaled $92 billion in 2015.” Such statements, all too commonplace, assess the severity of disasters by no other measure than the damage inflicted on buildings, infrastructure, and agricultural production. But $1 in losses does not mean the same thing to a...

Profiles of 21 communities across the US that mitigated flood risk

This resource gives profiles of 21 communities across the US that have mitigated their flood risk. Each case study shows a unique and creative approach to community-based disaster risk reduction, enabling other cities to learn from their experience. You can also filter the communities by region,...

AXA Research Guide: Building Resilient Cities

There are many ways to help cities plan for the future. First, we need to understand risks at stake to allow anticipation. Second, we must foster awareness so that populations, governments and private organizations are well informed and can make the right decisions. And third, we need to share...

Nepal Disaster Report 2015

This Report is an overview of disasters and their impacts in Nepal during the years 2013 and 2014. This report also provides insight into policy and institutional responses. The need and importance of community resilience is also briefly discussed. In addition to this, professional articles on...

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