Could social media be useful in tackling the challenges posed by natural calamities? The answer is yes, as a World Bank team, found out from the response elicited from the officials during the devastating Hudhud cyclone that struck Visakhapatnam on October 12, 2014.
Natural disasters can cause unthinkable tolls and continue to disproportionately affect the poorest and most vulnerable. When the category five Cyclone Pam barreled down on Vanuatu in March, the destruction was unprecedented.
Climate change cannot be isolated from other drivers of disaster risk, and needs to be tackled alongside them
After the island sustained severe damage in a tropical storm, Dominica's economy has suffered horrendously. To assess the full extent of the damage, the World Bank, United Nations, and other development partners with funding support of the European Union (EU) and the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery put their resources together to study the problem. What they found proved shocking.
The governments of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands have agreed to give more than US$80 million to equip up to 80 countries with better climate risk early warning systems.
Major international partnerships under the Lima to Paris Action Agenda are mobilizing large-scale financing to protect people who the most vulnerable from climate impacts, reflecting the fact that building a climate-resilient world is essential to secure hard-won development gains and ensure that future investment is not lost to climate change
This year, the rate of extreme global poverty is expected to fall below 10%, dropping into single digits for the first time in history. Inclusive economic growth, especially in China and India, has driven this success.
Imagine being able to choose the safest school for your kids–the school that is least likely to flood, for example–by using up-to-date map data. This is possible thanks to green mapping technology that is transforming how communities operate, and it is proving useful in disaster risk management.
The world’s biggest climatic weather phenomenon is easier to predict than many calamities. But it shows the importance of preparing for other disasters, too.
More than 800 experts in disaster risk management from across the world were in London on Monday to take part in the week-long Understanding Risk Forum.