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20 Jul 2015 description
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This report aims to contribute to a better understanding of the impact of disasters in the Arab states. The study provides an assessment, interpretation and visualization of ten national disaster loss databases from the region (i.e.: Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen) including damage and loss data from the previous thirty years.

30 Jan 2015 description

By Lars Bernd

AIN DRAHAM, TUNISIA, 30 January 2015 – Municipalities from across Tunisia have stepped up their commitment to make themselves resilient in the face of disaster risk, spurred by Ain Draham, which two years ago was the first community in the North African country to join UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient campaign.

14 Mar 2014 description

In the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) , the interplay of natural disasters, rapid urbanization, water scarcity, and climate change has emerged as a serious challenge for policy and planning. This report aims to establish a more strategic and collaborative framework between the World Bank and its international partners, particularly United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and UN Development Program (UNDP), in order to assist MNA countries to shift from disaster response to proactive risk management.

02 Dec 2013 description

TUNIS, 2 December 2013 – Tunisia has taken an important step to strengthen its national disaster management with the establishment of a new disaster loss database.

The database was validated at a major disaster risk reduction forum that also saw 120 practitioners and policymakers recommend that the post-2015 international framework for disaster risk reduction be a more accountable and legally binding charter or convention with funding attached for its implementation.

04 Mar 2013 description

By Denis McClean

TUNIS, 4 March 2013 - Africa's infrastructure is under pressure from increasing disasters but the infrastructure deficit is an opportunity for the continent to take a global lead on sustainable development and to leap-frog environmentally unfriendly technologies, said Mrs. Rhoda Peace, the Africa Union Commissioner for rural economy and agriculture, at a seminar marking the 11th African Day for the Environment hosted by the Tunisian government.

31 Aug 2012 description

CAIRO, 31 August 2012 - The Government of Tunisia announced that it will establish a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), a multi-stakeholder national mechanism that will provide coordination and analysis of DRR at different levels in the country. There are now 44 National Platforms worldwide supporting implementation of the priorities outlined in the Hyogo Framework for Action.

23 May 2012 description

By Berta Acero

CAIRO, 23 May 2012 – A regional meeting of experts held in Cairo could result in a doubling of the number of Arab countries that systematically report on disaster losses.

UNISDR brought together over 40 participants from 15 Arab countries to discuss and exchange experiences on establishing national disaster loss databases. These disaster inventories (www.desinventar.net) enable countries to analyse disaster trends and their impacts in a systematic manner through the collection of historical disaster data.

22 Nov 2011 description

By Berta Acero

CAIRO, 23 November 2011 – The League of Arab States (LAS) and UNISDR move one step closer to a plan of action on disaster risk reduction for the Arab region. The action plan is expected to be endorsed at the first-ever Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Arab region planned for 2012.

Holding a series of consultations with disaster risk reduction experts in the region, UNISDR and LAS are developing the ‘Programme of Action’ to implement the Arab Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020.

16 Aug 2011 description

The discussions in this booklet aim to address the complexity of risk in the Arab region, and present some tools which can be used by local governments, civil society and other institutions working in the field of environment and disaster risk reduction. In the Arab region the effects of human behavior on the environment has caused a growing concern since the early 1980s and from the end of the same decade the question of climate change has gradually received more attention.