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Report on implementation of flash appeal overhaul - OCHA

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The record-breaking 15 flash appeals in 2007 brought to the fore some long-standing weaknesses in flash appeal principles and practices, which the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) moved to correct. A flash appeal overhaul plan was presented to donors at the February 2008 Montreux Retreat and to the IASC Working Group in June 2008, focusing on reviewing the flash appeal mechanism in light of other developments in humanitarian policy and response tools, including the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the cluster approach, the Resident

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Bolivia: PMA fortalace unidad prefectural del Beni con equipamiento para la atención de emergencias

TRINIDAD, (18 de agosto de 2009).- El Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA) de las Naciones Unidas fortalecerá al Proyecto Desarrollo Rural Integrado y Participativo (DRIPAD) de la Prefectura del Departamento del Beni con equipamiento para los preparativos y respuesta ante eventuales emergencias y supervisión de las actividades de recuperación de las familias que resultaron afectadas por inundaciones y otros eventos conexos por tres años consecutivos, desde el 2006.

El equipamiento donado consiste en tres motocicletas, así como dos botes deslizadores con sus respectivos motores

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Situación de las emergencias en Bolivia

Report
CAPRADE


Un total de 130.917 familias resultaron afectadas en todo el territorio nacional a causa del Fenómeno de la Niña en el período diciembre 2007 y mayo 2008, informó el Viceministerio de Defensa Civil Civil y Cooperación al Desarrollo Integral (VIDECICODI).

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Bolivia: Floods DREF operation n° MDRBO003 Final Report

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

Summary: CHF 125,000 (USD 110,132 or EUR 75,758) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Fund (DREF) on 28 January 2008 to support the Bolivian Red Cross (BRC) in delivering

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Bolivia destaca ayuda venezolana para prevenir desastres naturales

(Trinidad, Beni, 24 de noviembre de 2008).- El Presidente Evo Morales destacó la ayuda de su homólogo de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, por el aporte del Comando Binacional Amazónico en la construcción de un dique de protección contra posibles inundaciones en la ciudad de Trinidad.

La obra de ingeniera de ocho kilómetros construida con ayuda venezolana protegerá el lado oeste de la ciudad capital del departamento del Beni, en caso de que en época de lluvias se desborden los ríos Ibare y Mamoré como es habitual a inicios de cada año.

Morales precisó que este proyecto, ubicado

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Natural disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean: National, regional and international interactions - A regional case study on the role of the affected state in humanitarian action

Patricia Weiss Fagen, Georgetown University

HPG Working Paper

1. Introduction

1.1. Latin America and the Caribbean region

Throughout its history the region that encompasses Latin America and the Caribbean - from Mexico south and to the east - has been among the most disaster prone in the world: Volcanoes, earthquakes, droughts and floods - the last, a consequence of the El Niño phenomenon and yearly cycles of major tropical storms widely believed to have been intensified by global warming. Comparing the years 1971-75 with

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Afghanistan + 50 others
Crop prospects and food situation - No. 4, Oct 2008

HIGHLIGHTS

- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 4.9 percent to a record 2 232 million tonnes, considerably up from earlier predictions after better than expected results from the major harvests gathered in the past two months.

- Based on the latest production forecast, a significant improvement in the global supply and demand balance for cereals in the 2008/09 season can be expected. Even allowing for a larger increase in utilization than was reported in July, an 8 percent increase in world cereal stocks could be possible.

- International prices of most cereals

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Argentina + 7 others
South America Appeal No. MAA46001 Programme Update No. 1

This report covers the period 01/01/08 to 30/06/08

In brief

Programme purpose: Support the ten National Societies in the South American Region to effectively operationalize the Inter American Plan 2007 -2011.

Programme summary: From the beginning of 2008, the Regional Representation (RR) for South America, based in Lima has worked with the Americas Zone Office to implement the New Operating Model (NOM), which will bring new opportunities through new ways of working. The process of designing the suitable and sustainable implementation of

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Bangladesh + 5 others
Disaster Management Programme Update No. 1

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 30/06/2008

In brief

Programme purpose: In order to achieve Global Agenda Goal 1, the disaster management (DM) programme places emphasis on a global disaster management capacity with a close integration between each of its components that increasingly reflects the new operating model.

Programme summary: This update is a summary of the achievements of the 13 projects implemented by the International Federation under its disaster management programme.

Financial situation: The global

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Bolivian farmers to replant after floods

By Annette Arceneaux

In Bolivia's Cochabamba region, small-scale farming has long provided farmers with a means to survive.

Each harvest meant income and food for their families.

But this was not the case after the disastrous effects of La Niña, which touched down in late 2007. Torrential rain fell in sheets across this Andean country, triggering floodwaters that in some cases destroyed over 60 percent of the crop yields. Since November of 2007, Bolivia and its neighbors have suffered intense rainfalls caused by the climatic phenomenon.

At least 79,000 of Bolivia's families

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Afghanistan + 25 others
Central Emergency Response Fund two year evaluation

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In its resolution 60/124 of December 2005, the General Assembly of the United Nations sought to remedy two problems that had bedevilled UN efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance in a timely and effective manner. First, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, mandated by the Assembly to coordinate the international response to humanitarian emergencies, had no resources at his disposal with which to address the immediate needs in a rapid-onset crisis; and secondly, the international response to protracted emergencies seemed often to be dictated more by

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Afghanistan + 35 others
Crop prospects and food situation - No. 3, Jul 2008

HIGHLIGHTS

- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 2.8 percent to a record 2 180 million tonnes. Most of the increase is in wheat following significant expansion in plantings in all regions. Coarse grains output is expected around the bumper level of last year but lower than earlier anticipated due to severe floods in the United States, the world's largest producer and exporter. Rice is tentatively forecast to increase slightly from last year's good level.

- Despite the anticipated increase in world output, cereal markets will remain tight in 2008/09. Total cereal

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Chad + 38 others
Mid-Year Review of the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP): Humanitarian Appeal 2008


Summary of crises with major changes since beginning of 2008

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Afghanistan + 16 others
At mid-year, $3.4 billion still needed for consolidated humanitarian aid appeals

(New York/Geneva, 16 July): Six months into 2008, United Nations agencies, the International Organisation for Migration, and 239 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) still require USD 3.4 billion to respond to the world's most severe crises through this year's Consolidated and Flash Appeals. Overall humanitarian funding requirements for 2008 for the 34 countries covered by these 11 Consolidated Appeals and six Flash Appeals have risen from $5.4 billion
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Afghanistan + 16 others
Press conference on midyear review of 2008 humanitarian appeal

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The United Nations and other aid agencies still needed $3.6 billion to respond to the world's most severe humanitarian crises and disasters through their 2008 Consolidated and Flash Appeals, John Holmes, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator said this afternoon during a Headquarters press conference.

So far this year, international donors had given just 46 per cent, or $2.9 billion, of the $6.5 billion needed

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Bolivia: Diez Municipios afectados por La Niña accederán a crédito de $us 9.9 millones

La Paz, 17 jun (ABI).- El Gobierno y 10 municipios afectados por el fenómeno climático de La Niña suscribieron este martes un convenio con el Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Regional (FNDR), que les permitirá, a estas regiones, acceder a un crédito de 9.9 millones de dólares para la reconstrucción y rehabilitación de caminos e infraestructuras.

En acto protocolar realizado en Palacio Quemado, el presidente Evo Morales Ayma y los 10 alcaldes procedieron a la firma del convenio en el marco del Plan Nacional de Rehabilitación y Reconstrucción.

"Es obligación de los alcaldes,

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Bolivia: Alcaldía de Riberalta anuncia plan productivo para afectados por La Niña

Riberalta (Beni), 08 jun (ABI).- El gobierno municipal de Riberalta (Beni) anunció la entrega de semillas a las familias afectadas por las inundaciones, con el propósito de promover la siembra en las zonas altas y, por lo tanto, lejanas de los ríos.

El técnico de la unidad Forestal del gobierno municipal, Boris García, explicó a Onda Local Riberalta que la repartición edil iniciará, en los siguientes meses, un proyecto de desarrollo productivo para las familias afectadas por el fenómeno de La Niña.

"El pasado año, con el apoyo de