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15 Jul 2017 description
report GFDRR

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This performance evaluation using Case Study design and qualitative methods focused on the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research’s (NIWA) Challenge Fund (CF) Drought Risk Visualization Toolkit (DRVT) project in Solomon Islands, Samoa and Fiji. It addressed the following four theory-based evaluation questions:

  1. To what extent is NIWA achieving CF logic model results at the outcome and purpose levels in Solomon Islands, Samoa and Fiji? (Please note that these results refer to access and use of the toolkit.)

14 Jul 2017 description

Turning resolve into action

Message from our Board Chair and Director General

13 Jul 2017 description

Editorial

in the month of June, the Pacific was in the spotlight at the highlevel UN Conference to Support the implementation of Sustainable development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development), demonstrating global leadership on ocean issues with Fiji and Sweden serving as co-chairs of the meeting.

05 Jul 2017 description

FOREWORD

Today’s global challenges continue to grow. We currently have five ongoing emergencies ranked at the highest level of operational complexity and urgency in Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan, in the Syria region and Yemen. While the majority of these are conflict emergencies, the frequency of natural disasters is also on the rise – with Cyclone Winston hitting Fiji in February 2016 and Hurricane Matthew striking Haiti last October. The need to strengthen preparedness and resilience is becoming more and more critical.

27 Jun 2017 description

INTRODUCTION

2015 and 2016 have been landmark years in the development or renewal of global commitments relative to humanitarian aid, development and disaster risk reduction. After extensive consultation and negotiation processes, international consensus was reached in the form of frameworks for sustainable development (SDGs), disaster risk reduction (Sendai Framework), climate change mitigation (Paris Agreement) etc.

25 Jun 2017 description

Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to facing situations of extreme drought, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, "Saving livelihoods means saving lives - this is what building resilience is all about," he said in a speech at the start of an International Seminar on Drought and Agriculture organized by Iran, the Netherlands, and FAO and held at the UN agency's Rome headquarters.

20 Jun 2017 description

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Meteorological Organization have signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen cooperation to respond to climate variability and climate change, which, according to the agreement, "represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies, natural ecosystems and food security."

18 Jun 2017 description

The challenge of desertification, already big, is becoming even more significant as a growing global population places increasing pressure on productive land. If we have any chance of delivering more nutritious food to people in the Global South we need to recover degraded land and enhance the health and fertility of our soils.

In the dry areas, where ICARDA works, this challenge is likely to be more difficult – these marginal environments are on the frontline in the fight against desertification and are predicted to be worst affected by climate change.

16 Jun 2017 description

The first milestone has been reached in developing a multi-hazard early warning advisory system for South-East Europe to improve forecasts and warnings about hazards such as floods, severe storms, droughts and heat-waves, which have caused serious damages in the region in recent years.

14 Jun 2017 description

New IDB study estimates potential impact on cities and people in low-elevation coastal zones

BELIZE CITY, Belize – A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels.

12 Jun 2017 description

Según la FAO, prácticas agrícolas mejoradas para enfrentar el riesgo de desastres y mitigar sus consecuencias pueden aumentar los beneficios económicos de agricultores, ganaderos y pescadores.

09 de junio de 2017, Santiago de Chile – Según nuevas cifras de la FAO, la agricultura de los países en desarrollo sufrió el 23 por ciento de todos los daños y pérdidas causados por desastres de mediana y gran escala entre 2006 y 2016.

12 Jun 2017 description

Agriculture in developing countries suffered 23% of all damage and loss caused by disasters

FAO: improved agricultural practices to address disaster risk and mitigate its consequences can increase the economic benefits of farmers, fish farmers and fishermen.

June 12, 2017, Santiago, Chile - According to new FAO figures, agriculture in developing countries accounted for 23 percent of all damages and losses caused by medium and large-scale disasters between 2006 and 2016.

06 Jun 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Each year, natural disasters, compounded by climate change and conflict, cause more than $500 billion in losses

  • Yet governments, supported by the World Bank, increasingly understand that investing in disaster recovery enables them to "build back better"

  • The international community sees the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC3) as a call to action on recovery to make countries even more resilient to disasters

06 Jun 2017 description
report GFDRR

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Each year, natural disasters, compounded by climate change and conflict, cause more than $500 billion in losses

  • Yet governments, supported by the World Bank, increasingly understand that investing in disaster recovery enables them to "build back better"

  • The international community sees the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC3) as a call to action on recovery to make countries even more resilient to disasters

05 Jun 2017 description

Editorial

We have come a long way from when the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) came into force, the establishment of the Global Environment Facility, the Kyoto Protocol, the adaptation Fund, recently the Paris agreement and the Green Climate Fund. Yet the same issues and challenges of accessing climate change funds by small islands remain up to day.

31 May 2017 description
report World Bank

A new Challenge Fund is kick-starting innovation in disaster risk management.