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Later this month, participants from all five Central Asian countries will discuss issues of natural disasters at the Forum on Financial Protection against Natural Disasters in Almaty.

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At last September’s U.N. Conference on Small Island Developing States, the World Bank announced that it would help small, disaster-prone countries to improve their adaptive capacity to climate change through the Small Island States Resilience Initiative.

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The World Bank has published a new report warning that the world is “ill-prepared” for an increase in climate change-spawned disasters, rising populations, and increasing vulnerability.

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A global initiative is gaining momentum to improve multi-hazard early warning systems and so boost the resilience of the most vulnerable countries to extreme weather and the impacts of climate change.

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Global flood risk models were developed to identify risk hotspots in a world with increasing flood occurrence. GFDRR's Alanna Simpson co-authors an assessment of the ability and limitations of the current models and suggest what is needed moving forward.

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A “paradigm shift” is needed in how disaster risk assessments are done, according to GFDRR. For too long, disaster risks have been considered according to static measures of vulnerability, creating an incomplete picture of future challenges.

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« Le facteur de loin le plus important sur la gravité des inondations sera la montée du niveau des océans », explique Stéphane Hallegatte, économiste spécialiste de la prévention des catastrophes naturelles à la Banque mondiale.