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Cities Under Stress: Building Urban Resilience

Source: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/books.htm?chapterid=1916893
Source: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/books.htm?chapterid=1916893

In March, IPI and the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) of the National University of Singapore convened the project’s first expert seminar in Singapore to discuss three case studies set in Asia—Bangkok, Dhaka, and Mumbai. The seminar in New York will feature presentations on three additional cities—Lagos, Port-au-Prince, and Medellín—while including comparative perspectives from Asia. Participants will be asked to share insights from their experiences in city management, development, and security and fragility analysis…

 

Building worldwide flood resilience should trump emergency reaction: Zurich

A new research paper from Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. and several collaborators is calling for greater emphasis on building flood resilience around the world rather than emergency recovery and provides a framework for mitigating risks before floods occur. “Empirical evidence suggests that flood risk prevention is highly cost-effective,” the report said. “Even so, more resources are put into helping communities to recover after a flood, as opposed to enhancing flood resilience.” The report, announced Thursday, notes that floods are a universal hazard, with worldwide flood losses nearly doubling during the period from 2000 to 2009 from the prior decade. Meanwhile, over the past 20 years nearly 87% of U.S. aid spending is devoted to emergency response, reconstruction and rehabilitation, the report said, with only 13% spent on reducing and managing…

 

Indians Suffer Through Longest Heatwave On Record (PHOTOS)

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Northern India is suffering through its longest heatwave on record, as temperatures reached a staggering 118 degrees in New Delhi yesterday. Wednesday marked the seventh day in a row with temperatures soaring above 110 degrees. The heat spell has triggered frequent electricity blackouts, angering residents across India’s north. The lack of energy supply has provoked protests since last week, with angry residents criticizing the government for failing to guarantee basic services. As Reuters explains, the growing unrest stands as one of the first major challenges for newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose repeatedly vowed to provide reliable electricity supplies during his campaign…

 

Bridges: Disaster resilient communities

THE 2014 Post-Haiyan Tacloban Declaration, the outcome of the three-day Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Manila Conference held from June 4 to 6, is another concrete step towards mainstreaming disaster resilience and building back stronger efforts. The Declaration magnifies the importance of convergence among national and local governments, international and regional organizations, non-government organizations, private sector, civil society and media to heighten disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) efforts as they take into account the massive devastation brought by super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) in Philippine communities. With great hope, we welcome the Post-Haiyan Tacloban Declaration that we all have learned our lessons from the disasters of the past and that this will lead to better disaster resilience efforts…

 

Addressing the disaster readiness gap

A surprisingly powerful earthquake struck northern Thailand and Myanmar last month, smashing windows, cracking walls, roads and damaging historical Buddhist temples. The impact could even be felt in Bangkok and Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. Several dozen people were hurt and a number of families were displaced. The impact of the quake paled…