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17 Mar 2015 description

MAIN FINDINGS

This review of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in health care facilities in low resource settings is the first comprehensive, multi-country analysis on the topic. It highlights low access in many countries and specific actions needed to strengthen policy, implementation and monitoring.

11 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The government of Mongolia worked with the World Bank to look for solutions to better protect herders from climate related losses to their livestock.

  • A new insurance scheme was introduced, where payments are based on the total number of livestock lost by species and soum (district) rather than on households’ actual, individual losses.

  • This new insurance system benefits herders. It also makes better business sense for insurance companies.

28 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 2014 wheat harvest is estimated to have recovered from last year’s reduced level

  • Wheat imports forecast to decrease in 2014/15 marketing year (October/September)

  • Prices of wheat flour were generally stable in January but at record levels

12 Feb 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

523,592 Refugees and asylumseekers
2,361 Identified unaccompanied minors
1,393,736 Stateless persons
20,000 Estimated irregular maritime departures in 2014

Population of concern

A total of 2.7 million people of concern including 1.4 million stateless and over 700,000 internally displaced.

31 Dec 2014 description

Tropical Storm Risk Zones

This map was derived from the Munich Reinsurance Company's World Map of Natural Hazards and shows tropical storm intensity based on the five wind speeds of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

31 Dec 2014 description

Sixteen years of wildfires in Asia-Pacific

Wild land fires and other biomass fires annually burn a total land area of between 3.5 and 4.5 million km2, equivalent to the surface area of India and Pakistan together, or more than half of Australia. This makes it one of the most spatially prevalent hazards after drought.

31 Dec 2014 description

Volcanic Explosivity in Asia-Pacific

This map shows the density of volcanic eruptions based on the explosivity index for each eruption and the time period of the eruption. Eruption information is spread to 100km beyond point source to indicate areas that could be affected by volcanic emissions or ground shaking.

31 Dec 2014 description

Flood Risk

Risk assessment for an area exposed to multiple hazards requires solutions to compare the risks. This map was generated by adding the value of mortality to the cumulated risk of cyclones, earthquakes, floods and landslides. Categories of risk based on expected annual losses.

This product was designed by UNEP/GRID Europe for the Global Assessment Report on Risk Reduction (GAR). It was modeled using global data.

Credit: GIS processing UNEP/GRID-Europe. http://preview.grid.unep.ch

31 Dec 2014 description

Earthquake Intensity Risk Zones

This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.

31 Dec 2014 description

Tectonic Plates and Fault Lines

The region is home to extremes in elevation and the world's most active seismic and volcanic activity. Southwest of India, the Maldives has a maximum height of just 230cm, while far to the north, the Tibetan Plateau averages over 4,500m across its 2.5 million square kilometres and is home to all 14 of the world's peaks above 8,000 metres. The Himalaya were born 70 million years ago when the Arabian Plate collided with the Eurasian plate.

31 Dec 2014 description

Physical Exposure to Drought

Drought is a phenomenon that affects more people globally than any other natural hazard. Unlike aridity, which refers to a semi-permanent condition of low precipitation (desert regions), drought results from the accumulated effect of deficient precipitation over a prolonged period of time.

The units used in this product refer to the expected average annual population (2010 as the year of reference) exposed (inhabitants). The dataset includes an estimate of the annual physical exposure to drought. It is based on three sources:

27 Dec 2014 description
report GFDRR

GFDRR has worked with more than 60 developing countries to improve their financial resilience to natural disasters. It has enhanced countries’ post-disaster financial response capacity and developed stronger domestic catastrophe insurance markets.

Why Financial Protection Matters

25 Nov 2014 description

OUR KEY MESSAGES

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has four key messages for effective action on the topic of human mobility in the context of environmental and climatic changes:

1 Environmental and climate-induced migration is a multicausal and multidimensional phenomenon.

18 Nov 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 2014 wheat harvest is estimated to have recovered from last year’s reduced level Wheat imports forecast to decrease in 2014/15 marketing year (October/September)

  • Prices of wheat flour in October were generally stable but at record levels

07 Nov 2014 description

Overview

Available protection space for refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless people in the region is fragile and unpredictable, due to a lack of national legal frameworks in most South-East Asian countries. Furthermore, some States have introduced increasingly restrictive policies - such as denying safe disembarkation or access at the airport, and narrowing protection space and access to asylum. There is also an increase in maritime “push backs” and instances of refoulement.