Workshop on climate resilient reconstruction post Cyclone Idai set for Harare
The Economic Commission for African (ECA) and partners, the Department for International Development (DFID) and the United Kingdom’s Met Office, are this week convening a workshop for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to formulate actionable strategies for climate resilient reconstruction of infrastructure post the devastating tropical Cyclone Idai in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
The planning workshop for climate resilient investment in reconstruction and development in SADC Member States is informed by the three countries’ experiences following Cyclones Idai and Kenneth.
In Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, more than 1 000 people lost their lives, while hundreds of thousands remained in need of aid, following the devastating battering by Cyclone Idai. The World Bank estimates the affected countries will need over US$2 billion to recover.
The workshop, which falls under the ECA’s Building Back Better strategies, runs from 23-25 October 2019 in Harare.
Mr. James Murombedzi, Chief of the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), says the overall objective of the workshop is to initiate a series of initiatives to support the integration of climate information services and climate change considerations into resilience building in climate sensitive sectors of the economies of SADC countries…
India Builds Resilient Homes to Resist Floods Linked to Climate Crisis
The southern India state of Kerala, having lost almost a million homes in two disastrous floods in 2018 and 2019, is trying to adapt to climate change by building homes for the poor that are flood-resistant.
In two years, one-sixth of the state’s 35 million population was affected by the floods, and 1.4 million of those had to abandon their homes. Many flimsy houses were destroyed and are being rebuilt from scratch.
Realizing that floods are going to be an increasingly regular occurrence in the future as climate change continues to make the weather more extreme, the state’s plan is to design and build homes that can withstand the floods. And, according to pioneering architects, they should be built of local…
Lloyd’s Launches Disaster Resilience Partnership
Lloyd’s has launched a new disaster resilience partnership with Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, as part of its ongoing response to emerging risks and the challenges they pose to communities around the world.
Habitat for Humanity Great Britain is eager to utilize Lloyd’s and the re/insurance sector’s expertise in natural hazard risk modeling and mapping to help it develop new tools and models. In particular, expert advice on flood risk reduction strategies will enable the most vulnerable communities to build their capacity to successfully tackle flood threats.
A key component of the new partnership is funding a project in Malawi’s Chikwawa District that was affected by severe flooding and devastation from Cyclone Idai in March 2019.
The project will analyze why certain communities choose to live in flood-prone lowland areas and the best way to improve the resilience of these communities to future disasters…