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21 May 2016 description

Report calls for building disaster risk into development efforts

Sarajevo, 20 May 2016 – Two years after massive flooding caused widespread devastation and loss of life in the Western Balkans, countries in the sub-region have taken steps to reduce the risk of disasters but more will need to be done to protect people from future destruction, according to the Human Development Report for the Western Balkans, launched here today.

05 Dec 2009 description

Adovocacy Tool Kit

Overall situation

- In the past 100 years, the global average temperature has risen by about 0.74 degrees Celsius.

- The rate of change accelerated over the course of the 20th Century.

- Projections in temperature rise for the 21st century range from 2 to 4 degrees Celsius.

- It is very likely that this temperature rise is mainly caused by the emission of what are known as greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (C02) and methane.

05 Dec 2008 description

Climate-related disasters are increasing in intensity and frequency, and communities around the world are facing the humanitarian consequences of climate change on a daily basis. Volunteers from the very communities that are at risk are the ones that are adapting quickest to these fast-changing crises and they can make a real difference, according to Bekele Geleta, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Speaking on International Volunteers Day at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland, Mr.

03 Dec 2008 description

(Poznan, 3 December 2008): Today, for the first time in climate change negotiations, the humanitarian agencies of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee have teamed up with disaster risk reduction staff of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system to issue a joint call for scaled-up global action to reduce disaster risk and to strengthen preparedness for effective response.

The current negotiations on risk management and risk reduction in Poznan are a unique opportunity to make sure that adaptation action is able to prevent global humanitarian …

18 Sep 2007 description

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

03 Aug 2007 description

At the end of July the Swedish Rescue Services Agency (SRSA) sent fire fighting equipment to Macedonia. Several countries have been seriously affected by forest fires and now the SRSA is sending assistance to Albania also.

"We are sending the same type of equipment as we sent to Macedonia but not quite as much of it," says Curt Näslund, project leader for the Albania operation.

"Six containers of equipment and ten cubic metres of foam compound were sent to Macedonia.

03 Aug 2007 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $50,000 for the purchase of fire fighting equipment to assist the Government of Bulgaria in combating recent wildfires.

U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Alexander Karagiannis declared a disaster in Bulgaria on August 1 due to the impact of wildfires in the country.

01 Aug 2007 description

Message N=BA. : OPS(EADRCC)(2007)0040

Dtg: 1 AUG 2007, 13:00 UTC

From: Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre

To: Points of Contact for International Disaster Response in NATO and Partner Countries

Precedence: Priority

Originator: Duty Officer Tel: +32-2-707.2670

Approved by: Head EADRCC Tel: +32-2-707.2673

References: Request for Assistance, OPS(EADRCC)(2007)0022

This report consists of: -3- pages

30 Jul 2007 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $100,000 to assist the Governments of Albania and Macedonia in combating recent wildfires.

U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Stephen Cristina declared a disaster in Albania on July 27 and U.S. Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic declared a disaster in Macedonia on July 25, both due to loss of property and livelihoods as a result of the wildfires that have swept through the respective countries.

29 Jul 2007 description

Message N=BA. : OPS(EADRCC)(2007)0032

Dtg: 29 JUL 2007, 15:00 UTC

From: Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre

To: Points of Contact for International Disaster Response in NATO and Partner Countries

Precedence: Priority

Originator: Duty Officer Tel: +32-2-707.2670

Approved by: Head EADRCC Tel: +32-2-707.2673

References: Request for Assistance, OPS(EADRCC)(2007)0022

This report consists of: -3- pages

27 Jul 2007 description

The Swedish Rescue Services Agency (SRSA) has since Wednesday had two fire experts in place in Macedonia, which is suffering from extensive forest fires.

They have now in cooperation with the Macedonian authorities agreed that the SRSA shall provide six containers of forest firefighting equipment.

"The containers are loaded with most of what is required to fight forest fires, equipment that has been previously used in Sweden," says Curt Näslund, project leader for the Macedonia operation.

They contain, among other things, motor pumps, hoses, axes, shovels and rakes, and …

27 Jul 2007 description

ALBANIA

Aapproximately 100 fires started burning in the week 18 - 23 July, affecting approximately 1,500 hectares of forest near the city Kukws in northern Albania (National Park of Valbone, near the border to Kosovo (forest of Germenj) and near the Greek border.

Albania sent a request for international disaster assistance on 23 July at 17:00 UTC, asking for aerial fire fighting capacities, because the use of standard fire fighting equipment is ineffective, since the disaster area is mountainous.

27 Jul 2007 description


Macedonia - Forest Fires
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
27 July 2007

This situation report is based on information received from the UN Resident Coordinator Office in Macedonia.

Summary

- The Government declared a national crisis situation on 18 July in view of the numerous fires affecting 3,000 hectares of forest;

- The Government requested international assistance.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

27 Jul 2007 description

Message Nº. : OPS(EADRCC)(2007)0030

Dtg: 27 JUL 2007, 15:00 UTC

From: Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre

To: Points of Contact for International Disaster Response in NATO and Partner Countries

Precedence: Priority

Originator: Duty Officer Tel: +32-2-707.2670

Approved by: Head EADRCC Tel: +32-2-707.2673

References: Request for Assistance, OPS(EADRCC)(2007)0022

This report consists of: -3- pages

26 Jul 2007 description

The Swedish Rescue Services Agency (SRSA) is sending two fire experts to assist with the forest fires raging in Macedonia.

This is in response to a request from the Macedonian authorities via the UN and the Swedish Embassy in Macedonia.

The fire experts, who will leave for Macedonia early on Thursday morning, will assist the authorities in estimating the resources required in terms of personnel and material to fight the fires, as well as grounds for decisions on the scope of continued Swedish assistance.

The fires along with others in south-eastern Europe in Greece, Serbia and …

25 Jul 2007 description

A number of glide numbers apply to the heat wave in Central Europe: HT-2007-000105-SRB, HT-2007-000105-ROM, HT-2007-000105-MKD, HT-2007-000105-MDA, HT-2007-000105-HRV

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