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24 Jul 2018 description
report Practical Action


New communication technologies, free software and hardware to improve Early Warning Systems for floods and landslides, using a participatory approach in coordination with the authorities. That is to say, under an intermediate or appropriate technology approach.
This document shows the pilot experience carried out by Practical Action in partnership with the population, the municipality of Lurigancho-Chosica (Lima-Peru), the Korean International Cooperation Agency – KOICA and the National Civil Defence Institute

04 Jul 2018 description
report Practical Action

This Post-Event Review Capability (PERC) report discusses the overall disaster management landscape, i.e. disaster risk reduction, preparedness, response, and recovery during the 2017 floods in Nepal. Focusing on the four river basins – Karnali, Babai, West Rapti, and Kankai – an effort is made to critically examine the flood event and impacts together with response and recovery measures undertaken by government and various other agencies in flood-affected areas of these rivers.

04 Jun 2018 description

This study, conducted by the USAID-funded Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI), is designed to contribute to the operationalization of Niger's National Framework for Climate Services, known as the Cadre National pour les Services Climatologiques, by filling knowledge gaps related to climate information services (CIS) end user needs.

07 Feb 2018 description
report Practical Action

Using Probabilistic Forecasting for Better Preparedness

• Practical Action has improved flood early warning across Nepal, through development, piloting, and scaling up of a low data approach to increasing early warning.

• Graphics provide information on the likelihood of water levels reaching warning and danger levels.

• The model has potentially increased the lead time of early warnings from 2 to 7 hours.

• The system has been replicated across Nepal, enhancing early warning for vulnerable communities.

21 Dec 2017 description

Through an analysis of EWS policies at the national, district and local levels in the UK, Peru, and Nepal, the report identifies common and distinct challenges to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in “technology-rich” and “technology-poor” countries. The analysis offers an assessment of different approaches to understanding disaster risk and the extent to which these approaches inform, and rely upon, different approaches to forecasting and risk communication.

09 Nov 2017 description
report Practical Action

Rivers sourced from the Himalaya irrigate the Indo-Gangetic Plain via major river networks that support approximately 10% of the global population and their livelihoods. However, many of these rivers are also the source of devastating floods. This brief captures the collaboration between an interdisciplinary team of geoscientists, engineers, social scientists and architects from the University of Edinburgh alongside practitioners from the NGO Practical Action and the Nepal Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.

26 Oct 2017 description
report Practical Action

This brief provides an overview of challenges in disaster reconstruction and recommendations as they relate to recovery spending for the 2017 floods in Peru.

18 Oct 2017 description
report Practical Action

This brief provides an overview of what the Peruvian government is proposing in terms of resettlement for those effected by the 2017 floods. Based on international resettlement experience, the document identifies likely challenges for the resettlement process and provides recommendations for optimizing a resettlement process for successful application in Peru.

30 Aug 2017 description
report Practical Action

Context of the Report

1.1 Defining Adaptation Technology

14 Mar 2017 description


Although evidence shows that women are both victims of climate change and important contributors of knowledge and skills in disaster risk, adaptation and mitigation strategies, the gender perspective is largely missing from the design and planning of climate change responses and policies. In addition, most research into gender and climate change has been exclusively conducted in rural contexts. There is strong scope for filling these knowledge gaps to improve the understanding of the relationship between gender and climate change in urban settings.

31 Dec 2016 description

Executive Summary

In 2012-2015, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission (EC) supported a pilot demonstration project on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) in Sudan. The Eco-DRR project was implemented in partnership with the National Government, the State Government of North Darfur, Practical Action, and local communitybased organizations.

25 Aug 2016 description

This report examines gender and climate change in relation to efforts to support climate compatible development, a policy goal that aims to integrate and draw synergies between adaptation, mitigation and development. The report’s focus is a case study of Kisumu, Kenya, drawing lessons from the five-year project People’s Plans into Practice (PPP): Building Productive and Liveable Settlements with Slum Dwellers in Kisumu and Kitale.

The recommendations provided in this report include (p. 35):

05 Aug 2016 description

The majority of studies on gender and climate change have been conducted in rural contexts, pointing to clear evidence gaps with respect to climate compatible development interventions that integrate a gender approach in urban areas. With the aim of contributing new evidence on the subject, this study asks how climate compatible development interventions in urban areas have integrated gender approaches.

08 Jul 2016 description
report Practical Action

In 2011 Practical Action published From Vulnerability to Resilience: A Framework for Analysis and Action to Build Community Resilience. This was one of the rst attempts by a development NGO to operationalize resilience and it provided project workers with a framework to apply the resilience concept to their projects. This policy brief updates our thinking on resilience. Using the experiences gained from the Zurich Global Flood Resilience Programme and our interac- tions with alliance partners, we have updated the Vulnerability to Resilience framework.

06 Jun 2016 description

Nepal is a predominantly agrarian country with a very diverse nature of exceptional beauty where mountains and hilly areas cover 64% of the territory. This brings with it a unique set of challenges. Nepal's vison and aspiration to develop and to reach middle income status by 2030 can only be achieved with a specific focus on rural areas, including the disadvantaged remote places. Rural development is a focal area of EU-Nepal cooperation and it includes initiatives to foster cohesion, i.e. helping those areas which are lagging behind.