The National Resilience Taskforce: challenges and opportunities

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Vetiver grass, stored in floating bamboo holders, is being planted by IOM and partners to reduce soil erosion in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps. © IOM/Fiona MacGregor Full Story:


Natural Disasters Have Major Impact On Fiji’s Food

Natural disasters can have a major impact on Fiji’s agriculture industry and Fiji’s Agriculture Ministry and Food and Agriculture Organization have been working together to ensure food security in Fiji, a Fijian government minister said here on Monday.

Fiji’s Agriculture and National Disaster Management Minister Inia Seruiratu said in the Parliament on Monday that according to the 2014 United Nations World Risk Report, the island nation has been identified as being among the 15 most exposed countries to natural hazards, reported Xinhua news agency.

“In the Paris Agreement under the climate change agenda, we have launched the Koronivia initiative. This is to address agriculture particularly talking about climate smart and climate resilient agriculture because food security is very important,” Seruiratu said.

The work under the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture is due for reporting back to COP26 in November 2020 and in view of the climate change challenges both adaptation and mitigation faced…


The National Resilience Taskforce: challenges and opportunities

Established late last year, the Department of Home Affairs has initiated changes in both governance arrangements and thinking about national security in an all-hazards context.

The changes continue apace. Last month the Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security, Angus Taylor, announced that Home Affairs will host a new National Resilience Taskforce focused on natural disasters, to be led by the former Director-General of Emergency Management Australia, Mark Crosweller.

The significance of disaster risk reduction, and of generating agile approaches to the effects of natural hazards—on communities, the essential services they rely on, and our economy generally—are beyond dispute.

We need only look back to the 2016–17 cyclone season to see the effects of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Based on Swiss RE Australia assessments, Debbie was the second most expensive cyclone in Australia’s history, and the 12th most expensive in the world that year. Insurance payouts topped A$1.69 billion.

The costs of natural disasters to Australian communities and the economy over several…


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