Feature Stories

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.

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.

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. 

How can we use maps and data visualization techniques differently to more creatively and effectively communicate the risk of natural hazards and disasters? Participants from 25 countries responded to our VizRisk challenge, using data and geographic context to tell compelling stories about disaster risk.

Over 3,200 participants entered the Resilient Homes Challenge, our global call for proposals to design disaster-resilient homes. Learn more about the winning designs in this e-book.

In order to protect its coastline from ongoing erosion, the government of Seychelles has embarked on a wide-reaching coastal management plan. The plan sets out a holistic set of priorities for coastal management including coastal protection infrastructure, risk-based spatial planning, and capacity building.

Droughts are among the most far-reaching and yet least understood among natural hazards.  There is an increasing need for more accurate assessment and monitoring of drought hazards and impacts, with the aim of supporting decision-making on drought risk reduction, risk financing and disaster response.