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FAO/GIEWS Global Watch Madagascar: Concern over possible cyclone damage prompts UN to appeal for pre-positioning emergency stockpiles

On 25 November the UN Country Team in Madagascar has appealed for $6 million in donations to stockpile emergency supplies, including tarpaulins, medicines and water purification tablets against the imminent cyclone season that annually devastates the island ..

The cyclone season usually starts in December and runs through April and coincides with the main growing season for rice, the main staple food crop in the country. In the last two years five cyclones struck Madagascar affecting over 463,000 people and caused

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Algeria + 18 others
USAID/OFDA South, West, and North Africa Disaster Risk Reduction Fact Sheet #1 (FY 2009)

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

BACKGROUND

Many countries in Africa are beset by a range of disasters, from complex emergencies to drought, floods, cyclones, and earthquakes. Climate variability, rapid population growth, environmental and natural resource degradation, lack of economic development, and rapid urbanization further compound the risks by increasing populations' vulnerability to disasters. During the last two decades, cities across Africa have rapidly

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Afghanistan + 46 others
Impacts of Climate Change coming faster and sooner: New science report underlines urgency for governments to seal the deal in Copenhagen

Washington/Nairobi, 24 September 2009 -The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

An analysis of the very latest, peer-reviewed science indicates that many predictions at the upper end of the IPCC's forecasts are becoming ever more likely.

Meanwhile, the newly emerging science points to some events thought likely to occur in longer-term time horizons, as already happening or set to happen far sooner than had previously been thought.

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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

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Benin + 37 others
Coopération internationale en matière d'aide humanitaire à la suite de catastrophes naturelles : de la phase des secours à celle de l'aide au développement - Rapport du Secrétaire général (A/64/331)

Soixante-quatrième session
Point 72 a) de l'ordre du jour provisoire*
Renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies,
y compris l'assistance économique spéciale :
renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies

Résumé

Le présent rapport a été établi en application de la résolution 63/141 du 10 mars 2009 de l'Assemblée générale, dans laquelle

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Madagascar + 1 other
Indian Ocean Islands Sub Zone Appeal No. MAA64002 Programme Update No. 1

This report covers the period 01/01/2009 to 30/06/09.

In brief

Programme purpose: The Indian Ocean Sub Zone provides support through capacity building of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles in Organisational Development (OD) and Disaster Management (DM), in order to reduce the impact of emergencies on the lives of vulnerable communities in the region.

Programme summary: The DM delegate in Madagascar facilitated the completion of the cyclone Ivan operation, which included the pre-positioning of emergency stock for the next cyclone.

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Côte d'Ivoire + 7 others
In Brief: Top 10 African countries most threatened by sea storm surges

Report
IRIN
NAIROBI, 7 May 2009 (IRIN) - World Bank researchers have crunched population, economic, and elevation maps to analyse which countries are most at risk from storm surges, assuming a one metre rise in sea level (due to climate change).

An April 2009 report, Sea-Level Rise and Storm Surges - A Comparative Analysis of Impacts in Developing Countries, reveals "very heavy potential losses. [which] further strengthen the case for rapid action to protect endangered coastal populations".

IRIN:

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Madagascar: Cyclone Ivan Emergency Appeal No. MDRMG003 Final Report

Period covered by this Final Report: 6 March to 6 September 2008;

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,074,882 (USD 937,938 or EUR 712,324)

Final Appeal coverage: 68%

Appeal history:

- The Emergency appeal was launched on 6 March 2008 for CHF1, 074,880 (USD 961,431 or EUR 651,442) for 6 months to assist 10,000 families.

- Operations update no.1, issued on 15 May 2008, focused on assessments and distributions conducted by the Malagasy Red Cross Society (MRCS), the DM Federation representative and other stakeholders.

- Initially a total of CHF 108,719 was

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Comoros + 2 others
Indian Ocean Islands: Appeal No. MAA64002 - Annual Report 2008

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008

In brief

Programme purpose: The Programme is designed to improve the capacity of the National Societies of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles, to reduce the impact of disasters on vulnerable communities through Organisational Development and Disaster Management.

Programme(s) summary: Low coverage (31 percent) of the required budget severely slowed down the implementation of planned activities within the Sub-zone. A Disaster Management (DM) Delegate in Madagascar supported the NS in the development and implementation of

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Burundi + 11 others
Eastern Africa Zone: Appeal No. MAA64001 - Annual Report 2008

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008

In brief

Programme purpose:

The Eastern Africa Zone continues to prioritise enhancing the capacities of the 14 National Societies(NS) as one of the core focal areas in order for them to respond to the humanitarian challenges thatplague the region. The Disaster Management (DM) programme aims to build well prepared, strongerand more efficient NS able to predict, prevent and reduce risks and respond to the high level ofhumanitarian demands in the region posed by small, medium and large scale disasters, mitigate

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Reinforcing child protection measures in Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 3 April 2009 - On a plot close to the small main road of one of the poorer neighborhoods in Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, children play in a child-friendly space set up by UNICEF.

The centre was initially established as a temporary response to last year's flooding, which displaced 20,000 people in the capital. As the centre grew in popularity, it gained a secondary role as a place in which to identify children living in situations of violence, abuse and truancy.

One year later, in January 2009, the

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Bangladesh + 15 others
Adapting to climate change in the water sector

ODI background note

By Alan Nicol and Nanki Kaur

Water is the key medium that links atmospheric temperature rises to changes in human and physical systems.

Climate change will alter the hydrological cycle in many ways. The trigger is the warming of the atmosphere and oceans, which will change major weather systems. This will alter the temporal and spatial patterns of rainfall with consequences for runoff, surface and groundwater storage, river flow regimes and, it is estimated, greater likelihood of extremes - droughts and floods - in different parts of the world.

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Report of the Representative of the UN SG on the human rights of IDPs, Walter Kälin, Addendum - Protection of IDP in situations of natural disasters (A/HRC/10/13/Add.1)

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Tenth session
Agenda item 3

PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF ALL HUMAN RIGHTS, CIVIL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT

Summary

This addendum is submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 6/32 requesting the Representative of the Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (the Representative) to "continue, through continuous dialogue with Governments and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations concerned,

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Report of the Representative of the UN SG on the human rights of IDPs, Walter Kälin (A/HRC/10/13)

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Tenth session
Agenda item 3

PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF ALL HUMAN RIGHTS, CIVIL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT

Summary

This report is submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 6/32 and covers the period May to December 2008. It first addresses three thematic issues: the status of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (Guiding Principles) 10 years after their submission to the Commission on Human Rights; the protection

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Improving sanitation in Madagascar

Report
Rotary
By Ryan Hyland

To improve sanitation and fight waterborne disease, the Rotary clubs of Paris-Est, Val-de-Marne, France, and Tamatave, Madagascar, are teaming up to provide more than 900 septic tanks and water filtration systems to families in Tamatave's poorest areas, Mangarivotra and Mararano.

The project is supported by contributions totaling US$100,000, including a $42,000 Matching Grant from The Rotary Foundation. Other clubs and districts in France and the United States have also donated funds.

Charles de Talhouet, the project coordinator

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Cyclone Fanele hits Madagascar and stalls existing reconstruction work

MENABE REGION, Madagascar, 28 January 2009 - The southern part of Madagascar has been brutally affected by Cyclone Fanele, which hit the island in the early hours of 21 January. A recent World Health Organization assessment notes that over 20,500 people have been affected by Fanele and Tropical Storm Eric, which arrived on the 19th.

UNICEF response activities started immediately and supplies reached the region within three days. Reconstructions from last year's Cyclone Ivan were well underway when Fanele hit, stalling existing progress.

UNICEF has conducted a rapid assessment

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World Bank approves US$40 million for Madagascar emergency food security and reconstruction project

Report
World Bank
WASHINGTON- December 16, 2008 - The World Bank Group Board today approved a credit to the Republic of Madagascar in the amount of US$40 million to finance an Emergency Food Security and Reconstruction Project.

The project will finance a cash-for-work program to increase access to short-term employment in targeted food-insecure areas. It will also seek to restore access to social and economic services (schools, health centers, small roads, water systems, etc.) in the aftermath of catastrophic events, including cyclones. Finally, the project will finance

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Madagascar: Living in the cyclone belt is not easy

Report
IRIN
ANTANANARIVO, 11 December 2008 (IRIN) - Every year the rains flood large parts of Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, displacing thousands of its poorest inhabitants. Now a combination of rapid urbanisation and increasingly violent cyclones as a result of climate change may threaten to bring increasing devastation to the city, say experts.

"Last year 20,000 people were displaced, which was more than in the 2007 cyclone season - every year the number increases," Dia Styvanly Soa, of the government's Office for National

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Afghanistan + 15 others
OCHA Natural Disaster Bulletin No. 9 - November 2008

ASSISTANT-SECRETARY-GENERAL AND DEPUTY EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR - CATHERINE BRAGG

On 13 September 2007, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Kimoon appointed Catherine Bragg of Canada as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Ms. Bragg has been the Director-General of the Humanitarian Assistance, Peace and Security Programme in the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) since 2004. She is the Chair of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Donor Support Group

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Madagascar : Préparatifs à l'approche de la saison des cyclones

Report
IRIN
JOHANNESBOURG, 18 novembre 2008 (IRIN) - Cette année, tous yeux rivés sur l'écran du radar, en prévision de la saison des cyclones à Madagascar, les autorités et leurs partenaires humanitaires espèrent bien ne pas être pris au dépourvu.

« Nous nous préparons pour la saison des cyclones », a indiqué à IRIN Xavier Leus, Coordinateur résident du Système des Nations Unies à Madagascar. « Donc, la préparation est importante, non seulement pour la prochaine saison des cyclones, mais aussi parce qu'à Madagascar, la question n'est pas de savoir si des cyclones vont s'abattre,

IRIN:

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