How Open Cities is changing the way African cities prepare for disaster
In one year and 12 cities, the Open Cities Africa program has trained more than 500 residents, university students, and civil servants to gather data on risk. These digital cartographers have mapped more than 500,000 buildings, roads, markets, schools, hospitals, parks, canals, and other features onto OpenStreetMap, a free and collaborative map of the world.
Better weather forecasting and warnings save lives and property – Insights from Moldova
Moldova is setting an example for how better weather forecasting and warnings can save lives and property. Modern automatic weather stations around the country now ensure that the State Hydrometeorological Service can relay weather and climate information to end users in real-time.
World Bank Group activities to address climate and environmental challenges
In this blog, World Bank Group President David Malpass highlights the institution's efforts to address climate and environmental challenges across the globe, including several GFDRR-supported initiatives in financial protection, climate resilience and urban development.
Urban flood resilience in Indonesia: New approaches through an urban design lens
Cities have long relied on public investments in engineered ‘grey’ flood protection measures, such as dykes, pumping stations and weirs, but contemporary impacts of urbanization and climate change demand new and innovative approaches. Indonesia's cities are no exception.
India's experience shows that building collapse, fires, and other disasters can become more destructive in the absence of effective resilient measures. Practitioners from two states and two territories in India recently gathered to share insights on how to develop building regulations for resilience.