Australia integrates climate and disaster risk

Alberta takes ground-up approach to economic resilience


Nearly a year after wildfires idled parts of its oil industry, Alberta’s provincial government said it was taking a ground-up approach to disaster recovery.

Wildfires last May in the Fort McMurray area idled about 1 million barrels per day worth of regional oil production and forced mass evacuations across Alberta. That came as the oil-rich province was anticipating an $8 billion…


Australia integrates climate and disaster risk

Australia estimates that its annual economic losses from disasters will triple to US$17.7 billion by 2050 as it embarks on a new initiative to integrate climate change action and disaster resilience.

The government has also embarked on a data readiness review to assess national preparedness to report on implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, adopted two years ago by UN Member States as a global plan for reducing disaster losses with a focus on mortality, numbers of people affected, economic losses and critical infrastructure.

Mr. Steve Darvill, Director with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told the April UNISDR Support Group Meeting that the country is subject to a wide range of disasters including bush fires, heatwaves, floods, storms, tsunamis, earthquakes and landslides…

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