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New York City’s search for resilience continues five years after Sandy

New York City’s search for resilience continues five years after Sandy

Flooding during Hurricane Sandy damaged much of Jose Velez’s New York City home. Personal photos, comic books and his wife’s wedding dress were ruined. He worries that another storm will strike again.

Velez lives in the Rockaways, a beachside area on the far southern edge of the city that was hit hard by Sandy. Proximity to the water–their house sits 100 feet from the shoreline–makes his community vulnerable not only to major events like Sandy, but also to regular flooding.


Despite that, Velez hasn’t raised the height of his house under the city’s “Build It Back” program, which was created in 2013 after the hurricane. After Build It Back administrators lost his paperwork twice during the first year of…


Staying afloat: How island nations are tackling climate change

solomon islands

Flash floods in the Solomon Islands in 2014 killed 23 people and left thousands homeless

The impacts of climate change are already being felt on a global scale, especially on small islands scattered around the oceans. These vulnerable island nations are planning to make their voices heard at COP23 in Bonn.  With Fiji set to chair this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany later this year, attention is turning to the plight of small island nations and the need to develop sustainable solutions to rising sea levels and extreme weather events.

The International Council for Local Environmental Issues (ICLEI) is an organization comprised of local governments who have made a commitment to sustainable development. It aims to share knowledge and provide training at a local level, particularly with towns and provinces in small island states. One of its current projects focuses on developing successful resilience practices on the Solomon Islands, which is already experiencing the effects of sea level rise. Over the last few decades, the country has already lost five small islands to rising waters.

DW spoke with Andrew Mua, mayor of the Honiara City Council in the Solomon Islands’ capital city, and Steve Gawler, the regional director of ICLEI Oceania, at the…


City to host World Congress on Disaster Management

The third World Congress on Disaster Management will be held at Gitam University for five days from Monday.

The Government of Andhra Pradesh, Disaster Management Initiative and Convergence Society (DMICS) and the university are organising the Congress. The second edition was hosted by Andhra University and the GoAP in 2015 in the city.

Addressing the media along with Chairman of the Scientific and Technical CommitteeP.G. Dhar Chakrabarti, district Collector Pravin Kumar said about 100 international experts from 60 countries would participate.

Besides 1000 delegates representing various governments, international organisations, scientific and technical organisations and NGOs would participate.

Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai will be the chief guest at the conference, to be inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister N. China Rajappa.

The theme of the conference “Building resilience to disasters” would be relevant to Visakhapatnam and the coastal districts vulnerable…



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