Feature Stories

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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.

Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, has turned to a cadre of volunteers to help collect and analyze urban mobility data that will help the city build its resilience to future disasters, including flooding. 

Events

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Dozens of practitioners from small island states are coming together to share lessons learned on climate and disaster resilience on the sidelines of the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC) and UNISDR’s 2019 Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019).

World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC
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See presentations from a 3-day learning course on strengthening hydromet services in World Bank-funded operations, as well as cooperation with development partners, private sector, academia and more.

Videos

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Sameh Wahba at URBalkans: Why understanding disaster risk matters for sustainable development

Sameh Wahba, Director of the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, sheds light on the importance of understanding disaster and climate risks for sustainable development<

News & Blogs

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Blog
April 24, 2019
End Poverty in South Asia
Dechen Tshering, Peeyush Sekhsaria
Bhutan is highly vulnerable to earthquakes, thanks to its location in the seismically active Himalayas. So how can Bhutan ready itself to weather future earthquake risks?
Blog
April 24, 2019
Sustainable Cities
Jolanta Kryspin-Watson, Jia Wen Hoe
 Japan’s experience in mitigating flood risks offers valuable lessons for countries facing similar urban flood challenges.
Blog
April 9, 2019
Sustainable Cities
Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Michel Matera
In the aftermath of the devastation from Cyclone Idai, Mozambique is taking big steps toward building the country's disaster and climate resilience.
Blog
March 27, 2019
Sustainable Cities
Anna-Maria Bogdanova
National meteorological and hydrological services play a big role in in helping people understand and prepare for weather & water-related hazards.
Blog
March 27, 2019
Data
Giuseppe Molinario, Vivien Deparday
By helping us better make sense of risk data, machine learning can help save lives and mitigate losses when disaster strikes.
Blog
March 27, 2019
Transport for Development
Melody Benavidez, Akiko Toya
In the aftermath of a disaster, it is the roads, railways and ports that underpin the restoration of economic activity and critical infrastructure.
Blog
March 7, 2019
Sustainable Cities
Brenden Jongman, Suzanne Ozment
Nature-Based Solutions” (NBS) that strategically conserve or restore nature (sometimes called ‘green infrastructure’) while supporting conventionally built infrastructure systems (‘gray infrastruct
Blog
March 7, 2019
Sustainable Cities
Caren Grown, Cristina Otano
In far too many countries, disaster risk management is dominated by men, potentially embedding biases in DRM programs.
Blog
March 4, 2019
Sustainable Cities
Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Raja Rehan Arshad
Cities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are increasingly exposed to multiple shocks and stresses beyond disasters. To tackle this challenge, GFDRR and the World Bank Group are supp
Blog
February 26, 2019
Sustainable Cities
Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Laura Bailey
Over the last few years, GFDRR has been experiencing growing demand from countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence.