‘Understand needs of communities to reduce disaster risks’ … and more

Winning By Losing: Lessons In Resiliency At A First-Grade Soccer Game

soccer kidThe first thing you have to understand about first-grade soccer is how real everything suddenly feels to the kids. For many of the kids (including mine), this month represents their first experience with putting on a “real” jersey (their own), regularly attending a “real” practice — and competing against another “real” team….


Alaska seeks big prize to help eroding village through $1B HUD ‘resilience competition’

One of Alaska’s most eroded coastal Native villages is being eyed as a possible national model for relocating whole communities whose futures are threatened by natural disasters escalated by climate change. The state is hoping to kick-start a mass exodus from the tiny village of Newtok through a national competition for states and local governments vying for a slice of nearly $1 billion in grants to be awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition is billed as an effort addressing…


‘Understand needs of communities to reduce disaster risks’ – climate change expert

How can civil society organizations (CSO) and non-governmental organizations (NGO) help communities in reducing of disaster risks? “Disaster risk reduction is not a humanitarian question. It is a development priority,” Manila Observatory executive director Antonia Loyzaga said on Thursday, October 1, during a forum on the role of CSOs and NGOs in building resilience. Loyzaga also stressed the need to have science-informed disaster risk reduction measures, as well as the importance of understanding every community’s needs…

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