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Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Insurance: Success, Challenges and Opportunities

Both Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) and Climate Risk Finance & Insurance (CRFI) can be used to enhance adaptation, reduce and transfer risk, and build resilience to the growing impacts from natural and human-made hazards. There is a nascent and growing interest in where these strategies may...

Ensuring Impact: The role of civil society organisations in strengthening World Bank disaster...

Drawing on examples from around the world, this paper argues that civil society organisations play a vital role in ensuring that crisis financing approaches are designed and delivered effectively. It concludes that in IDA19, CSOs should be more actively engaged in its crisis financing work.

Community Based Flood Early Warning System Resource Manual

The Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) make up one of the most dynamic and complex mountain systems in the world. The region is known to be extremely fragile and prone to natural hazards, which are exacerbated by climate change. It is believed that climate change and other drivers of change have been...

Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe: An analysis of policy implications for post-disaster institutional...

Cyclone Idai struck Zimbabwe in March 2019, affecting 270,000 people. The storm and subsequent flooding and landslides left 340 people dead and many others missing. Agriculture, schools and infrastructure all suffered heavy impacts; many people lost their homes. Chimanimani and Chipinge Districts...

Nature-Based Solutions for Cities in Viet Nam: Water Sensitive Urban Design

This publication introduces Water Sensitive Urban Design and discusses its benefits, with examples of integration in Vietnam. Water Sensitive Urban Design integrates water cycle management into the built environment. It can help cities become more sustainable, reduce the risk of flooding, and...

Severe Weather in a Changing Climate

Climate change is already well underway and is considered by many to be the greatest risk currently facing humanity. Every year we are confronted globally with extreme weather events, that become natural disasters. Our communities in Australia are exposed to just about every hazard this world...

Household-level effects of providing forecast-based cash in anticipation of extreme weather...

In 2017, Bangladesh experienced the worst floods in recent decades. Based on a forecast and pre-defined trigger level, a Red Cross Red Crescent project distributed an unconditional cash grant of BDT 5000 (USD 60 equivalent) to 1039 poor households in highly vulnerable, flood-prone communities in...

Behaviour around floodwater: challenges for floodwater safety and risk communication

There is little disagreement that entering floodwater is risky, whether in a vehicle or on foot. There is usually little or no visibility of what is under the surface and even shallow water with moderate flow can make vehicles unstable or sweep people off their feet. In addition, floodwater will...

From food risk mapping toward reducing vulnerability: the case of Addis Ababa

Flood risk maps for the built environment can be obtained by integrating geo-spatial information on hazard, vulnerability and exposure. They provide precious support for strategic urban planning and decision-making. These maps, generated in a probabilistic framework, can consider various sources...

Livelihood Vulnerability of Riverine-Island Dwellers in the Face of Natural Disasters in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. In particular, its riverine-island (char) dwellers face continuous riverbank erosion, frequent flooding, and other adverse effects of climate change that increase their vulnerability. This paper aims to assess the livelihood...

Uncertainty quantification of flood damage estimation for urban drainage risk management

This paper presents a method of quantifying the uncertainty associated with inundation damage data for an urban catchment when undertaking stormwater drainage design and management. Usually flood damage is estimated by multiplying the inundated asset value by the damage rate corresponding to the...

Ahead of the Storm: Developing Flood-Resilience Guidance for Canada’s Commercial Real Estate

This report outlines 20 measures that can be implemented by commercial real estate owners and managers to enhance flood-resilience of existing office towers, thereby reducing the potential for property damage, business disruptions and loss of life.

Disentangling the impacts of human and environmental change on catchment response during...

Flooding is a function of hydrologic, climatologic, and land use characteristics. However, the relative contribution of these factors to flood risk over the long-term is uncertain. In response to this knowledge gap, this study quantifies how urbanization and climatological trends influenced...

How mobile phones can be used to track people’s views on resilience: key findings from Myanmar

Resilience continues to dominate the international development agenda. With financial support towards resilience-building activities increasing in recent years, funders want to see impact and value for money. Unfortunately, monitoring and evaluation of resilience is tricky. For a start, the...

Impact of repeat flooding on mental health and health-related quality of life: a cross-sectional...

Flooding can have a range of effects on people’s health, both physical and psychological.1–5 Given projections that both the frequency and severity of flooding events will continue to increase in the future,6–9 populations living in flood-susceptible areas may be exposed to multiple flooding...

Enabling Factors for Financing and Implementing Postdisaster Operations

This paper highlights how governments and other actors can prepare for the governance challenges of disaster response, recovery, and reconstruction. The paper identifies two sets of enabling factors need to be in place before disaster events occur to help avoid operational pitfalls: 1)...

Tropical Coastal Wetlands Ameliorate Nitrogen Export During Floods

Wetlands can increase resilience to extreme climatic events and have a key role in protection and water quality improvement in coastal ecosystems. Studies in tropical coastal wetlands at a catchment scale are scarce, and most work has been undertaken on small, temperate wetlands. In this study,...

Multiscale Integrated River Basin Management

This resource book on “Multiscale Integrated River Basin Management from a Hindu Kush Himalayan Perspective” developed as a part of Strengthening Water Resources Management for Afghanistan (SWaRMA) initiative of ICIMOD is focused on a multiscale framework using both natural and social sciences to...

Nepal Disaster Report 2019

The Nepal Disaster Report, 2019 tries to comprehensively map the events, activities and programs carried out by the government, non government sectors and other humanitarian partner during the years, 2017 and 2018. This report presents a brief background on different risk of hazards along with...

Flood Resilience Alliance-Nepal Country Briefing

This is a country briefing document of Flood Resilience Programme being implemented by Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance in Nepal.This five year programme aims to improve planning and investment practices across disaster risk reduction and resilience building efforts in Nepal. Practical Action,...

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