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24 Jan 2018 description

This report evaluates the impact of the natural disasters and extreme weather events that occurred worldwide during 2017 and provides an overview of global economic losses.

01 Feb 2009 description

The accumulated knowledge and perceptions of communities 'at risk' are recognized as key elements in ameliorating or managing disaster risk at local level, particularly in places where much of the crucial information as well as the technical and economic resources for risk assessments are not otherwise available. The research behind this paper demonstrates that local community knowledge related to flooding can be systematically structured into spatial and non-spatial information compatible with a GIS (geo information systems) set-up.

01 Jan 2009 description

The year 2008 was unremarkable from an insured natural catastrophe loss perspective. May's earthquake in China and September's Hurricane Ike brought the most coverage from the news media, but these events proved to be mere sideshows when compared to the capital stresses put upon insurers and reinsurers from the credit and liquidity crisis.

01 Jul 2008 description

There are three basic approaches to assessing the impact of disaster and defining relief assistance requirements after a disaster: the damage done, the needs of the affected population or the rights which the survivors have to achieve life with dignity. Each approach has advantages in assessing post-disaster needs. Each approach overlaps with the other two, but each represents a different theoretical view of what should take place following a disaster.

01 Jun 2005 description
Hazards are having an increasing impact on society as a result of rising levels of human vulnerability. In this respect disasters are not isolated events, but a manifestation of the deficiencies and weaknesses within society, induced by human-determined paths of development. As a relief and development NGO working in many disaster-prone countries, Tearfund's response has been to develop closer links between its emergency and development programming, including undertaking steps to integrate disaster risk reduction into all our relief and development structures and processes.
01 May 2005 description

The Checklist-Based Guide to Identifying Critical Environmental Considerations in Emergency Shelter Site Selection, Construction, Management and Decommissioning provides an easy-to-use tool to assess whether environmental issues have been appropriately addressed in emergency shelter efforts.

01 Apr 2005 description

The Guidelines for Rapid Environmental Impact in Disasters (REA) provide a means to define and prioritize potential environmental impacts in disaster situations. The Guidelines is composed of five main parts and ten supporting Annexes.

The main parts include an Introduction to the REA, and modules on Organization and Community Level Assessments, Consolidation and Analysis of assessment results and Green Review of Relief Procurement.

The Annexes include information sources, forms used in the assessment and information useful in managing the REA process.

01 Dec 2001 description

With the commendable exception of the UNHCR, environmental issues have not been routinels included in emergency response assessments, planning and operations. This paper provides a summary of a collaborative project between the Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre and CARE International to develop, test and disseminate a rapid environmental impact assessment (REA) process as best practice in emergency assessment, planning and response.

01 Mar 2001 description

This paper provides a summary of some important recent thinking on sustainable livelihoods and vulnerability to disasters. In particular, it looks at the sustainable livelihoods (SL) framework currently being developed and promoted.