To build resilience, listen to people’s needs

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Inflatable Buildings Could Bring Shelter After Natural Disasters

One of the greatest things about tech development is when the creative minds of the world are applied to truly impacting an existing problem. But often the most ambitious plans come with the kinds of challenges that can sink them even before they get off the ground.

In the aftermath of natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes, one of the main difficulties is providing shelter for the scores of people who are displaced. Even if there are locations available, it’s not always practical to ferry people out of a disaster zone when roadways are often compromised.

NBC News is reporting that scientists in Poland have designed a product that brings shelter to these victims by way of a helicopter, and it assembles in minutes…


To build resilience, listen to people’s needs

Supporting resilience to climate change and disasters is a key development priority. Yet we know little about what works best in helping communities stand on their feet in the face of increasing climate risk. We know even less about what people themselves think will help them become more resilient.

This is where the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED)’s Rapid Response Research (RRR) hopes to shed some light.

Using mobile phones to collect information on household resilience in Myanmar, the RRR effort is investigating the many factors that influence resilience at the local level, as perceived by rural populations themselves.

As part of the latest round of the survey, we sought to understand what people think are the solutions to increasing their community’s resilience.

When asked about resilience factors most people (38 percent) said that protecting the community’s most valuable assets (like safeguarding agricultural land or reinforcing housing) was essential…


Resilient Cities 2018 Contributes to Talanoa Dialogue, SDG 11

28 April 2018: The Resilient Cities Congress 2018 convened in Bonn, Germany, ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference, which is meeting through 10 May. The Congress brought together representatives of governments and non-government stakeholders to review and discuss options for joint climate action going forward, and contribute to the Talanoa Dialogue.

‘Resilient Cities 2018: The 9th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation’ convened from 26-28 April 2018. Resilient Cities 2018 is part of the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues, which aim to: strengthen climate action at all levels; look at structures and communication channels that enable coordinated action; and help develop locally sourced solutions that bring urban and climate perspectives together and create space for collaboration…

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