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Adopting nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction in Latin America

Practical Action Latin America (Soluciones Prácticas), as part of the Zurich Flood Resilience Program, sought to collect evidence of examples using nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction in Latin America and convenes a platform for regional knowledge exchange and learning. This working...

Special report: Decoupling growth from greenhouse gas emissions

This report comes straight from COP 24 in Katowice where Euractiv, supported by Zurich Insurance, was on-hand following negotiations. They found that in a world already impacted by climate change, the global community still falls short of meeting the Paris Agreement’s goal on curbing climate...

Technology justice and the communication of flood early warnings

This poster was presented at the American Geophysics Union 2018. Early warning systems are essential tools in the flood management cycle for saving lives and livelihoods. Whilst there are four recognized essential components of early warning systems – Risk Knowledge, Monitoring and Warning,...

Appropriate technologies to reduce flood losses

This poster was presented by Practical Action at the American Geophysics Union 2018. Risk assessments and early warning systems are essential tools in the flood management cycle for saving lives and livelihoods. Here, Practical Action shares technologies and approaches that have been used in...

Community Based Flood Early Warning System in Nepal: Citizen Science and Participatory Approach...

This poster was presented by Practical Action at the American Geophysics Union 2018. The session on Building Resilience to Natural Hazards by Utilizing Citizen Science and Understanding Compound Hazards, was convened by Landslide EVO. The poster presents the concept of citizen science and...

मनसुनी विपद समिक्षा २०१८

नेपालमा २०१८ वर्षको मनसून जून ८ देखि सुरु भएर अक्टोबर ५ सम्म कायम रह्यो । यस मनसूनी समयमा खासगरी बाढी र पहिरोले देशभरिका विभिन्न जिल्लाहरु प्रभावित भए । यस मनसूनी समिक्षाले यो अवधिमा भएका जनधनको क्षति साथै मनसूनी विपद सम्बन्धि भएका पुर्वतयारी र प्रतिकार्यहरुका गतिविधिहरु प्रस्तुत गर्छ ।

The Triple Dividend of Resilience: Realising development goals through the multiple benefits of...

This report provides evidence for three types of benefits – or dividends of resilience – that DRM investments can yield: (1) Avoiding losses when disasters strike; (2) Stimulating economic activity thanks to reduced disaster risk; and (3) Development co-benefits, or uses, of a specific DRM...

Resilience Measurement in Practice: Lessons from the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance

This presentation was delivered at the Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning conference in New Orleans in November 2018. It details how the Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities (an approach developed and used by the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance) has been used to measure...

Climate change and water: Finance needs to flood not drip

Prepared by individual countries ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are a powerful framework for setting out national climate action priorities. Ongoing revisions to NDCs guide national strategies to address the...

Blue-Green cities for urban flood resilience

In her geosciences seminar delivered to Nottingham University, Emily O'Donnel explains the value of blue-green infrastructure (sometimes called SuDS) for reducing urban flood risk. She highlights the co-benefits these approaches bring beyond only reducing flood risk, provides examples from...

A toolkit for procuring resilience

The Procuring Resilience Opportunities (PRO) Toolkit focuses on ways cities and utilities can immediately work within their current procurement systems to enable better resilience outcomes. Local procurement processes have the potential to either enable this transition or stymie it completely....

Saving lives and leaving no one behind: Gaibandha model for disability-inclusive disaster risk...

The purpose of this documentation of good practice is to help CBM Member Associations, Country Offices, Advisors and Partners in disaster-prone countries to develop and implement high-quality disaster risk reduction (DRR) programs which are integrated into larger community-based inclusive...

A world at risk: Closing the insurance gap

A Lloyd's Risk Report A world at risk, Lloyd’s second underinsurance report, produced with CEBR, shows there is global underinsurance of $162.5bn in 2018. This shows there is a significant gap between the level of insurance in place to cover global risks, and the actual cost to businesses...

Can mobile phones improve disaster preparedness? A survey-based analysis on the impact of AtmaGo

The goal of this study is to understand the potential benefits and drawbacks of using Information Communication Technology (ICT) systems to communicate emergency reports and DRR information. The study focuses on a particular application, AtmaGo, which was launched in Indonesia in 2015. Developed...

Flooded Basement: What to Do

Basements are inherently vulnerable to flooding since they are located below ground level where many pipes and systems are positioned and ground shifts happen. Even if your basement has never flooded before, it is still possible that yours will be affected at some point. If you have a wet...

Loss and Damage in IPCC's report on Global Warming of 1.5C (SR15): A summary

Loss and Damage in IPCC's report on Global Warming of 1.5C (SR15). A summary by Reinhard Mechler and colleagues.

Climate risks, limits and the need for transformational adaptation. An author's perspective on...

Reinhard Mechler, one of the lead authors on 1.5°C Special Report from the IPCC, gives his perspective on the report. Specifically outlining the need for transformative adaptation.

The Global Flood Resilience Portal: introductory webinar

This webinar was hosted by the International Federation of the Red Cross on 9 October 2018. A must listen if you are new to the portal or interested in how it can help you build resilience. Firstly Felicitas Ledergerber (IFRC Geneva) introduces the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance and the...

Community-based Flood Early Warning System: The Story from Then to Now

A community based flood early warning system (CBFEWS) is an integrated system of tools and plans to detect and respond to flood emergencies that is managed by communities. The people-centric CBFEWS developed by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) emphasizes the...

Transforming Disaster Planning – A Child Centred Approach

The children and young people who worked on this project collaborated with filmmakers from across Europe to produce a film about what needs to be done to improve disaster risk reduction. Then our film producer, David Martin, pulled all the footage together to create this six-minute film which has...

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