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The cities of São Luiz do Paraitinga, in 2010; Cubatão, in 2013; Itaóca, in 2014; and Jarinu in 2016, all located in the State of São Paulo, suffered disasters caused by heavy rains and storms resulting in human and economic losses, as well as leaving dozens of people homeless or displaced. Immediately after the disaster, these localities began their r…
Brazil is not an exception to the increasing frequency and intensity of droughts in several countries. However, assessing the spatial and temporal identification of drought episodes is an extremely complex process. Drought indices are particularly useful for characterizing water deficit, as well as for monitoring the impact of climate variability on nat…
The state of Paraná in the south of Brazil has recorded a significant increase in the number of disasters over the years, as well as the other Brazilian states. Since 2012, with the implementation of the National Protection and Civil Defense Policy (PNPDC), Brazil has had a national DRM and DRR strategy that includes the integration of institutional, sc…
Climate change has had serious consequences at global and local levels and has required more effective scientific studies and management measures for disaster risk reduction strategies. In this sense, public managers should consider strategies that involve the integration of stakeholders, in relation to understanding the disaster risks to be faced. The…
Good practices and lessons learned: This publication is part of ongoing efforts facilitated by the UNISDR secretariat to build a global partnership for mainstreaming gender issues into the disaster risk reduction process. Such efforts have become urgent because disaster risk reduction has long remained a largely male dominated affair, yet it is clear th…
This newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) praises for Pacific disaster risk management and climate change strategy; (ii) the launch of a survey on disability and disasters; (iii) 2013 floods a "turning point"; (iv) Pacific's drought risk; (v) UNISDR honouring Canberra as a Role Model city for UNISDR's Maki…
The purpose of this paper is to examine the civil defense communication process through which national and regional agencies share principles, guidelines and good Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) actions in the medium and small municipalities where disasters have affected mainly vulnerable people. The study proposes the following for improving communicati…
This paper argues that a human rights-based approach (HRBA), i.e. participation in political life, consultation of affected groups in decision-making processes, access to justice, due process, transparency and accountability, provides excellent tools towards a real positive change in disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation and mitigatio…