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Natural disasters don’t have to be human disasters

THERE will be many more natural disasters like the typhoon that hit the Philippines last week. But they don’t have to be human disasters if we get people out of harm’s way. That won’t be easy. There are often powerful incentives to stay put. Exposed places are cheap: so poor people dwell in seafront shacks or on landslide-prone slopes. And environmental defences have market values: forests are torn up for timber, reefs blown up to catch fish and mangroves cleared for charcoal…

Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk through the ruins of their neighborhood on the outskirts of Tacloban, central Philippines on Nov. 13. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press) #
Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk through the ruins of their neighborhood on the outskirts of Tacloban, central Philippines on Nov. 13. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press) #

Nepal: Urban resilience in Pokhara

Nepal is defined by its diversity and natural beauty, highlighted by the majestic young mountain range of the Himalayas. But this beauty comes at a steep price. Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to natural disasters, suffering from floods, landslides and fire throughout the year while living in constant fear of an impending large earthquake. In order to limit the impact of disaster, the Government of Nepal launched the Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium (NRRC); a coordination mechanism that brings together diverse partners with the aim of strengthening resilience to disaster. Under the NRRC, 5 Flagship priorities have been set with each flagship coordinated by a government ministry and international agency. These flagships are:…

Focus on ‘resilience’ to improve wellbeing, says Shell’s health chief

Organisations should focus on improving resilience rather than managing stress if they want to improve workplace wellbeing and drive business performance, Shell’s VP of health Alistair Fraser said yesterday. Speaking at the Good Day at Work conference in London, Fraser said that focusing on stress can drive negative behaviour. He called stress management a kind of “trained helplessness”, saying it can imply: “If you don’t manage your stress, terrible things will happen…

Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (photos)

What price? – An opinion piece on natural disasters

We should not be fooled into thinking that people who spend a week or two in an emergency evacuation centre are less affected than those who live for months, or even years, in refugee camps.  The length of displacement is significant, but the shock and trauma of being displaced is of much greater consequence in the long term.  We need to realise that as natural disasters become more frequent, we are in line for an increased number of people who will experience that trauma.  This clearly means that we will have to go beyond thinking that organising an evacuation centre, handing out cash and offering some initial psychological first aid will do.  It won’t…


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