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‘Climate Change’ Removed From FEMA’s Strategic Plan
FEMA released its Strategic Plan for the next four years, which replaces the Obama-era version that made repeat mentions of climate change.
The new document does not mention the terms “climate change,” “sea level rise” or even “extreme weather.” The only phrasing that comes close is “rising natural hazard risk” and “pre-disaster mitigation,” without mentioning what drives those risks.
The plan states: “Disaster costs are expected to continue to increase due to rising natural hazard risk, decaying critical infrastructure, and economic pressures that limit investments in risk resilience. As good stewards of taxpayer dollars, FEMA must ensure that our programs are fiscally sound. Additionally, we will consider new pathways to long-term disaster risk reduction, including increased investments in pre-disaster mitigation.”…
China hands over disaster risk reduction projects to Malawi communities
China has handed over projects to disaster-prone regions of Malawi to help them build resilience and reduce effects of the disasters.
The handover ceremony held in Kombeza area, a disaster-prone area in central Malawi’s Salima district, about 93 kilometers from the capital Lilongwe, was attended by Clement Chintu Phiri, Secretary to the Vice-President and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs, Chinese Ambassador to Malawi Wang Shiting as well as United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres.
Launched in June 2016, the Disaster Risk Reduction Small Grants Scheme was supporting poor and vulnerable communities in 15 identified disaster prone districts and was a trilateral pilot project being undertaken by the Malawian government, with the technical and financial support of the Chinese government and the UNDP.
Among the projects are four evacuation centers, a dyke and two check dams meant to hold water…