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03 Jan 2016 description

2. Executive summary

There is global recognition of the devastating impacts of natural disasters on lives, livelihoods and property. This, in turn, is undermining the overarching goal of economic, social and environmental sustainability—in other words, sustainable development. There is a need to embrace long-term strategies and approaches that build disaster resilience. The aim is to prevent, as much as possible, natural hazard events from becoming disasters that wipe out many years of hard-won development gains.

08 Mar 2012 description

Extreme vulnerability to natural hazards among countries in South Asia is cyclical and repeatedly causes major setbacks in the socioeconomic and equitable development of the region. According to UN estimates major disasters may cut the GDP of countries in the region by up to 20 per cent. Climate change is expected to increase both the frequency and magnitude of hazards leading to disasters. It calls for speedy action to help communities cope with such largescale disturbances.

24 Sep 2009 description

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.

Researchers have …

10 Dec 2008 description

UNEP Finance Initiative Members Underline Industry Roll in Renewables to Current and Future Forest Carbon Projects

Poznan, 10 December 2008-Weather-related natural disasters are now outstripping ones linked with earthquakes by an ever widening factor, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and insurers said today.

Thomas Loster, chair of Munich Re Foundation and a member of UNEP's Finance Initiative, said:" Since the 1980s, earthquakes have risen by around 50 per cent but weather-related hazards such major floods have increased by as much as 350 per cent and those from wind …

02 Sep 2008 description

The evacuation of New Orleans in advance of hurricane Gustav and the displacement of two million Indians to the worst flood in 50 years underline the increasing vulnerability of humanity to natural disasters-vulnerability that is set to rise under the scientific scenarios if climate change if left unchecked.

According to Munich Re, one of the world's leading insurance companies and a member of the UNEP Finance Initiative, 2008 is already shaping up to be a significant, disaster-prone year.

By June, an estimated 400 natural disasters had occurred costing $82 billion.

21 May 2008 description


This brief report provides the findings of a rapid environmental assessment conducted following Cyclone Nargis.


02 May 2008 description



This profile is not a conclusive list. Other hazards may not be readily identifiable. The information sources used are public websites. All efforts are made to screen the websites for accuracy.


The objective of the Hazard Identification Tool (HIT) is to alert the UN Country Team and emergency responders to potential secondary risks after a natural disaster posed by large infrastructure and industrial facilities containing hazardous materials located in the affected area.

22 Feb 2005 description

New Report Makes Recommendations on How to Reduce Vulnerability to Future Coastal Hazards

15 Jan 2005 description

Small Islands Also Close Their Conference with Call for Significant Strengthening of Early Warning for Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific and Action to Conserve Corals, Mangroves and other Natural Sea Defenses

05 Jan 2005 description

I. Introduction

The UNEP situation report no. 1, dated 1 January 2005, outlined the activities that UNEP is currently undertaking, in cooperation with the UN family, to respond to the South Asian Disaster. UNEP situation report no. 2 outlines the current requests and activities that are being undertaken at the national level to address the environmental concerns and assess the impacts.


30 Dec 2004 description


(Reissued as received.)

NAIROBI, 30 December (UNEP) - As the Asian earthquake and tsunami death toll is now feared to be approaching 100,000 people, emergency humanitarian assistance remains the top priority, but urgent environmental concerns that threaten human health must be addressed, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

The Organization decided to create a Task Force in Geneva to coordinate all inputs from the UNEP system to identify and alleviate the environmental impacts of the disaster and to support the efforts of the affected countries and …