Resilience NEWS

resilientausawardsAwards calls for resilience warriors

 

Do you have a project that has helped your community to be more disaster resilient? The Resilient Australia Awards would like to recognise your work. Everyday Queenslanders are doing great things in helping make their local communities disaster resilient – now’s the chance to see your efforts recognised at the Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards 2014…

 

2014 Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management (02-04 June, Suva)

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The recent disasters caused by Tropical Cyclone Ian in Tonga and the major floods in the Solomon Islands have provided the Pacific Islands region with yet more urgent reminders of the critical need to integrate their disaster management and climate change efforts. Mr Timothy Wilcox, Pacific Coordinator for UNISDR, says the Pacific Platform is the pre-eminent forum in the region for bringing together the disaster risk reduction partners to take stock on how the region is progressing in building more resilient communities…

 

World Bank backs new Philippine climate fund

The Philippine government is in the early stages of talks with multilateral officials about the creation of a new disaster resilience and climate adaptation fund — but details about the fund’s size and sourcing are yet to be determined, Devex has learned. The Philippines has seen an influx of foreign aid and a flurry of legislative activity since last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the country’s Visayas region in November. But despite this, many affected communities are yet to fully recover. The fund, per the Philippine government’s proposal, “will be designed to build resilience at the national, local government and individual level,” according to World Bank vice president and special envoy Rachel Kyte, who spoke at the World Economic Forum in Manila, which concluded Friday. The World Bank, she said, was willing to provide the Philippines with technical assistance to design the fund, as well as with seed money…

 

Floods spark regional co-operation, co-existence

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The co-operative flood relief efforts in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Croatia this month brought the Balkans together in a way that some believed was nearly impossible in the shadow of bitter fighting just two decades ago. “Twenty years after the armed conflicts, another image is being shared around the world: the image of hope, love, courage and solidarity between Balkan nations. The disaster joined our efforts, transcending any former divisions, and brought us together,” Nikola Knezevic, president of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Politics and Society in Novi Sad, wrote…

 

Why Stress Triggers Depression In Some People, Resilience In Others

Depending on your genetic makeup and a host of other variables, you’ll have a different reaction to stressful events from the people around you, and even your relatives. Some people naturally get energized by the challenge, even if it’s a frightening or intimidating one, and can’t wait to overcome it. Others feel dwarfed by the stress and just want to hide from it – this is called depression…