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‘Resilience can become hallmark of 2015,’ says UN disaster risk reduction chief

The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), the outcome of the 2005 World Conference on Disaster Reduction, is the first plan to detail the work required from all different sectors and actors to reduce disaster losses. Looking to update that landmark agreement at a follow-up conference, global leaders in mid-March will head to Sendai, the centre of the Tōhoku region, which bore the brunt of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to the Fukushima meltdown. “The evidence of the last decade – which has been marked by some of the worst natural disasters on record – is far from favourable,” says Margareta Wahlström, Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in an op-ed, published ahead of the Third World Conference on Diaster Risk Reduction, for the Project Syndicate website…


Building community resilience to disasters: legacy of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake

great earthquKEJanuary 17, 1995, 05:46. This was the moment 20 years ago that the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake struck and resulted in 6,434 lost lives, 200,000 destroyed buildings, 300,000 people made homeless, and a staggering economic cost then calculated at 2.5 percent of Japan’s GDP (approximately $100 billion)…


Over exploitation of nature leading to disasters

The government may be cracking down on “suspect” environment NGOs seen to be deliberately hindering India’s economic growth but Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday made a statement that would echo the pro-greens. Speaking on the 10th Raising Day of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Singh said frequent disasters were hitting the country as nature was being overexploited for economic growth. Singh was elaborating on reasons for natural disasters when he said, “Nature is losing its balance. In the race for growth, we have overexploited nature. We need to take only as much from nature as it can replenish on its own.”..


Water and peace: basic needs for resilience

water and peace mapKapoeta East County, Narus area (payam) in Eastern Equatoria State faces a number of challenges. During the participatory disaster risk assessment, drought and conflict were identified as the most common hazards in Narus area. These hazards cause damage in the communities. Through the project, disaster risks regarding both drought and conflict will be reduced…



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