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The growing demand for water resources is aggravating its scarcity across the world. It is used in a large spectrum of sectors ranging from domestic to industrial, agricultural and environmental activities. Additionally, water resources form a prime indicator of social and economic development for nations. Population explosion, industrialization, rapid…
This paper is based on a year-long study conducted by the author to develop a Disaster Score Card that would rank 640 districts of India in disaster risks and 29 States and 7 Union Territories in both disaster risks and resilience. Data on multiple parameters of 14 hazards, 14 vulnerabilities and 2 exposures were collected from primary sources and metho…
Cities are drivers and victims of climate change. Risks to climate change and induced disasters vary spatially and across a region's demographic spectrum. Building resilience to the changing climate requires exhaustive analysis of climate risks, their magnitude and implications along with a multiplier effect they have over each other and their secondary…
Due to rapid urbanization and industrialization, modifications in land use pattern have brought about irreversible anthropogenic aggravations to the hydrological forms. This can be attributed to the impervious land surfaces in the urban area which increases the runoff component. The increased runoff along with diminishing percolation and reduction in th…
According to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the understanding of the frequency, magnitude, and impact of recent and past extreme events is a cornerstone for coping with future disasters. Nevertheless, baseline data is often scarce, especially in mountain environments. Here, the authors show with an example how extending the records of…
It is estimated more than 150,000 people die from fires or burn-related injuries every year. Over 95% of fire deaths and burn injuries are in low- and middle-income countries. Meanwhile, urban growth is said to be one of the 21st century’s most transformative trends, posing massive sustainability challenges in terms of housing, infrastructure and basic…
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…
Good practices and lessons learned, a publication of the “Global network of NGOs” for disaster risk reduction. This publication is a joint effort of the Global Network of NGOs for Disaster Risk Reduction, an emerging network of national and international NGOs aiming to reduce disaster risk worldwide. The idea of publishing a compilation of good practice…
This publication provides 35 good practices and lessons learned as concrete examples of how to make children safer in their classrooms and educate them about disasters.
This newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the results of the first-ever UN global survey of persons living with disabilities on how they cope with disasters; (ii) the Millions Tweet for International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR); (iii) the Philippine Resilience Award; (iv) Cyclone Phalin, disaster ris…