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Dhaka, Bangladesh: The Buriganga river is always busy with wooden boats and passenger ferries.
Bangladesh and the Netherlands are both situated in low-lying lands, making them prone to floods. As a result, both countries have found benefits in cooperation around flood control and water management.
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Image of the disaster caused by typhoon Rolly and Ulysses in Catanduanes Bicol November 2020
Since 2013, a close partnership between humanitarian organizations and the government has been critical to strengthening the Philippines’s disaster risk reduction and management.
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The Funafuti Classroom Building opened in 2020
Young students from the island nation of Tuvalu are now able to go to school without the constant fear that the next tropical cyclone would destroy their classrooms – all thanks to a partnership between their government and Australia.
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A makeshift refugee camp under construction after forest coverage was cleared at Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar.
In Bangladesh, Rohingya refugees are playing an important role in reforestation efforts to protect the campsites from the risk of landslides, flash floods, and higher temperatures, which can worsen humanitarian crises.
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Street view of Coron, Philippines (2014)
More than 200 Filipino professionals have attended disaster management trainings in Japan, providing an opportunity to the Philippines’ Office of Civil Defense to learn from Japan’s experiences, technology and innovation.
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AMC Resilience Hubs
Campinas, Medellin, and Mexico City became the first three cities in the Americas and the Caribbean region to be recognized as "Resilience Hubs" of the Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) initiative. The announcement was made on December 21, 2021, closing the first year of the MCR2030 initiative's activities.  These cities became Resilience Hubs for their commitment as well as progressive policy and advocacy work to address disaster and climate risks. They will serve as Resilience Hubs for the next three years continue developing their disaster resilience while inspiring other cities to do the same.
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The Central Asia Initiative of the EU during the COVID-19 crisis
While COVID-19 keeps challenging all five countries of Central Asia at an unprecedented scale, through existing programs, the EU supports both resilient and sustainable political and economic frameworks that can prepare governments for future emergencies.
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Caption: ‘Protection Zone’ consisting of concrete walls and demountable flood barriers at the low-lying fishing village of Tai O in Lantau Island, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China.
For the urban coastal city of Hong Kong, typhoons are a regular occurrence from May to October. Consequently, Hong Kong’s infrastructure is designed to cope with the strong winds, floods, and storm surges they bring. Recently, however, the territory experienced two powerful storms in consecutive years. In 2017, Super Typhoon Hato struck the region, and in the following year, the city witnessed Super Typhoon Mangkhut, the strongest typhoon since 1983. But Hong Kong suffered lower economic losses from both storms when compared with the neighboring Guangdong region and the city of Macau, thanks partly to its well-coordinated response and resilient infrastructure.
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Tsunami ready program
While tsunamis are not common in the Caribbean – the last major one hit 75 years ago – people are well aware of the impact of storm surges and quick to get on board with the “Tsunami Ready” program.
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Team building during regional women's leadership training
The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami spurred a movement to develop female community leaders in Japan.
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