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1st Philippine TechCamp Hackathon produces 16 digital apps on disaster resilience

phIt is all for charity but participants at the 1st Philippine TechCamp Hackathon did not mind the stress and lack of sleepas they worked tirelessly for a night and a day to produce digital solutions to address challenges presented by the country’s vulnerability to disasters. The event held at Globe Valero Makati was a collaborative effort by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Globe Labs, Google Developers Group (GDG) Philippines, and Open Data PH…

 

‘Rebuild by Design’ Winners Announced for New York and New Jersey Resilience

HUD announced the winners of the Rebuild by Design competition yesterday, awarding $920 million to six projects in New York and New Jersey. $335 million will go toward the first phase of a 10-mile protective barrier for Manhattan. “The New York Metropolitan area will soon see a massive, $335 million berm along Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a $60 million living breakwater along Staten Island’s South Shore, a $20 million study of protecting the food distribution center in the Bronx neighborhood of Hunts Point and a $125 million effort to protect north south waterways and the Mill River in Southern Nassau County,” reports Graham T. Beck…

 

Official: Disaster Cost Quadrupled in Past Decades

The average annual cost of natural disasters has quadrupled over the last three decades and it makes economic sense to boost spending on preparedness to ensure a stable future, a senior European official said Thursday. Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis response, told a conference on disaster risk reduction and management of the Asia-Europe Meeting that costs related to natural disasters have increased from $50 billion a year in the 1980s to $200 billion in the last decade. In three of the last four years, costs exceeded $200 billion. She said only 4 percent of spending for natural disasters today goes to prevention and preparedness, with 96 percent spent on response. But, she said, evidence shows every dollar spent on prevention brings at least $4 in savings on damage…

 

How cities build resilience

resilient citiesIt is a city with residents of 85 ethnicities, but New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, has managed to build social capital by avoiding ethnic enclaves and huge income gaps among suburbs, and by investing in facilities and community gardens. In a quality of life survey conducted across 12 of the country’s cities, more than 80 per cent of Wellington residents said people from different cultures add to their quality of life, said Ms Celia Wade-Brown, the city’s mayor, on Tuesday at a World Cities Summit dialogue on social resilience…

 

General Dikovic urges forming of regional force for natural disasters

General Ljubisa Dikovic, the Serbian Armed Forces chief of general staff, said that forming a joint regional force for responding to natural and other disasters is one of the topics discussed at Wednesday’s 8th conference of the forum of Balkan military chiefs of general staff in Sarajevo…

 

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