Posts Tagged ‘ Disaster Risk Reduction ’

Case Studies On Flash Flood Risk Management In The Himalayas

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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ICIMOD: The Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) is a mountain system of extremes with great influence over the Asian continent. The system stretches 3,500 km over eight countries, from Afghanistan in the west to Myanmar in the east. It is the world’s largest and highest mountain system, with more than 30 peaks measuring over 7,600 m.

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The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study THIRD EDITION. A Review of Climate Change Legislation in 33 Countries. On 14 January 2013 the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International) released the 3rd Climate Legislation Study – produced in partnership with the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. This is the most comprehensive research project that

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Climate Change Adaptation Project in Bhutan

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
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UNDP Regional Centre: As a matter of national urgency, the Bhutanese Government – with assistance from an international climate change adaptation fund that was established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and partner organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme, the Global Environment Facility, the World Wildlife Fund and the Government

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Rural Women Share Their Trials and Wisdom-PERU

Nov 17th, 2011 | By
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IPS: CUZCO, Peru- “This year the freeze killed my crops, our small livestock died, and now I can’t even sleep because I’m worried sick thinking about how to put food on my family’s table, since I’m a widow,” said Rosaura Huatay, an indigenous farmer in Peru’s northern Andes highlands. Huatay and four other campesinas or

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Climate change: there is no plan B

Nov 16th, 2011 | By
A voluntary framework will not be enough to keep us within the 2C limit of manageable climate change'. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters




Guardian: Time is almost up. It is critical we secure a legally binding approach on climate change in Durban. The lesson the world is learning the hard way from the financial crisis is that there is only one boat and we are all in it. To stay afloat, we need rules tough enough to stop

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UN Chief says it’s time to cough up climate cash

Nov 15th, 2011 | By
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Reuters: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged governments in rich nations to work around troubled economic times and scale up donations to a global climate change fund that is at risk of becoming an “empty shell”. The world’s poorest nations are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels, more extremes of droughts and floods

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Is Pakistan ready to face severe warming?

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
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Pak Observer: The International Energy Agency (IEA) in its annual World Energy Outlook Report has warned that the world has just five years to avoid being trapped in a scenario of perilous climate change and extreme weather events. It warned that the current trends of rising fossil energy use will lead to irreversible and potentially

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Perception-based effect on Bhutan

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
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Kuenselonline: Lack of equipment and trained personnel impedes analysis of available met data Climate Change A major part of the Eastern Himalayas, where  Bhutan is located, is undergoing a warming trend of about one-degree Celsius per year. The director of department of hydro meteorology services, Karma Tshering, yesterday in his presentation  “climate change over Bhutan from

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Promoting adaptation to climate change in Nepal

Nov 12th, 2011 | By
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Practical Action: This briefing focuses on the impact of climate change on Nepal’s rural poor. A great deal has been written  on the challenges of providing clean energy and the risks to urban populations but, as this paper outlines, climate change also has many other consequences. Rural communities, whose livelihoods are intimately tied to the

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Plantation of trees only solution to Asian floods

Nov 12th, 2011 | By
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Business Recorder: The humanitarian emergency caused by the few last months’ devastating floods in Asia is a warning that the situation could get worse, The people affected by this crisis have lost everything, and their difficulties are only just beginning. Two countries Pakistan and Thailand have been badly hit by the disaster. Hundreds of thousands

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How to spot a dodgy study in flood of studies

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
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This has been an eventful year for natural calamities – drought in the Horn of Africa, floods yet again in Pakistan, and now also in Thailand. NGOs, think-tanks and scientific organizations eager to share their insights or shed some light on what could be causing these events have tried to keep pace with nature by

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Himalayan Nations: Need to build Resilience to Climate Change Impact

Nov 10th, 2011 | By
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WWF: Himalayan nations must move rapidly to commit to efforts that build resilience to the impacts of climate change and generate resources for adaptation, capacity building and technology transfer. The Himalayan glaciers are the water towers of Asia, and the source of many of the world’s great rivers: The Yangtze, the Ganges, the Indus and

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The Kyoto Accords-and Hope — Are Expiring

Nov 9th, 2011 | By
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Times Science: There’s one absolutely foolproof way to cut carbon emissions: economic collapse. After the fall of communism in the early 1990s led to economic depression in much of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, carbon output in those countries fell like a stone. In fact, greenhouse-gas emissions in Russia didn’t return to 1990

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Countries Most Vulnerable To Climate Change To Meet Ahead Of CoP17

Nov 8th, 2011 | By
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Business Bhutan: As the global summit for climate talks approaches, vulnerable countries make a point to form a united voice. A group of 32 vulnerable countries, which created the Climate Change Vulnerable Forum, including Bhutan is set to meet in Dhaka, two weeks ahead of UN climate talks (the 17th Conference of Parties) in Durban,

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India loses nearly $18 bn to disasters: UN Expert

Nov 8th, 2011 | By
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Economic Times: India is paying a high price for its lack of disaster management practices — Rs.86,000 crore ($17.5 billion) every year to be precise, says a UN expert. “India is vulnerable, in varying degrees, to a large number of natural as well as manmade disasters,” J. Radhakrishnan, head of UNDP India’s Disaster Management wing,

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Climate change affects the seasons: autumn doesn’t know if it’s coming or going

Nov 7th, 2011 | By
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Telegraph: And why?” my wife Lucy demanded yesterday as she peeled off her gardening gloves, “are my clematis and roses in full bloom on November 1, and why am I still being bitten by gnats and midges?” Standing in shirt sleeves and muddy-kneed cords, brandishing a pair of secateurs, she sounded cross. “I’m supposed to

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300 Hands-On Field Activities for Community Based Adaptation Projects

Nov 5th, 2011 | By
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CSDi is presenting a compilation of Community Based Adaptation Field Activities—complete with links to source materials and technical information. The content of field activities is given broadly in following heads: 1. Agriculture a. Soil and water conservation for agriculture. b. Developing water for agriculture. c. Agriculture in flood-prone or waterlogged areas. d. CBA techniques for agriculture.

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Land Of Yellow Moon

Oct 10th, 2011 | By
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Noreen Haider: Nature strikes with mind blowing force at the most pristine of places and with no compassion for people or property. The Hunza Valley of Gilgit Batlistan, a paradise on earth, turned into a chaos with a catastrophic land slide. Noreen makes a personal connection in this passionate essay with suffering of her childhood

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Zardari Seeks Int’l Help In Disaster Management

Oct 10th, 2011 | By
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Daily Times: President says devastation caused by climatic changes is a wake-up call to search permanent solutions to natural disasters ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari, on Friday, called upon the international community, especially the countries advanced in disaster management, to assist Pakistan in capacity building so that it could meet eventualities caused by natural calamities

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At the crossroads: climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in Asia and the Pacific

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By




Preventionweb: This report was prepared to provide a snapshot of how disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) are undertaken and integrated, if at all, in the Asia Pacific region. It does so by taking stock of past and ongoing regional initiatives and by looking into the role of certain organizations in the

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Huge Risks Remain for 2010 Flood Victims in Pakistan

Aug 8th, 2011 | By




NewsLine:The destructive torrential floods that ravaged Pakistan almost a year ago caused the deaths of 2,000 people and displaced an estimated 20 million. The dire situation prompted international aid organisations, such as the UN and Oxfam, to intervene. Slowly but surely as the immediacy and shock of the floods faded, press coverage on the victims

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