Has the Philippines learnt from Typhoon Haiyan in 2013? Was the country prepared for Typhoon Koppu? Thousands of lives have been saved this time, compared to Haiyan, but individuals need to collaborate to reach a zero casualty target. And while the media praise the relatively low numbers of lives lost, there is little mention of the huge impact Koppu has brought on livelihoods.
Written by: Elle Fernandez (IIRR Regional Center for Asia) & Bruno Haghebaert (GNDR Secretariat)
This case study is about the women’s initiative at community of Lalitpur-12, Nepal to lessening the risk of most recurrent fire disaster. Against heavier issues of policy formulation to institutionalisation of efforts such as effective building code implementation, develop & implement Local Disaster Risk Management Plan (LDRMP) and develop highly qualified rescuers in the community, Community people particularly women groups chose first to develop local capacity on fire safety.
The good quality characteristics it relates to are:
An update report on the situation after the recent flash floods in Chitral, Pakistan. Syed Harir from Justice Aid & Development Foundation (JAD) makes clear that the floods were not caused by GLOF (Glacial Lake Outburst Floods) as some government sources claim and provides a detailed breakup and summary of the damages and a set of recommendations for action to take by different actors.
Written by Carlos Kaiser
ONG Inclusiva collaborates with Chilean authorities to provide deaf people with access to official communications and alerts during the emergency situation in the country last week due to the extreme weather condtions.
Santiago, Chile, 9 de agosto de 2015
Chile, Santiago 9/08/2015. ONG Inclusiva, entidad ganadora del Premio del Riesgo Risk Award 2014, miembros de GNDR, proporcionó información oficial de emergencias en colaboración con ONEMI y el Ministerio del Interior de Chile para la población sorda en las zonas de emergencia.
The case study undertaken by the Children and Community Initiative for Development (CAID), is to sum up the Action at the Frontline (AFL) Gambia project. This project was conducted with the local communities to raise knowledge and experience of their environment and for them to design disaster mitigation and adaptation strategies.
Policy makers in both rich and poor countries around the world estimate that up until 2012 32.4 million people were displaced from 82 countries after being exposed to sudden natural disasters. We find that the displacement results from the cumulative effects of disasters on the affected people. When these displaced people return to their homes that have been affected by the disaster, this is treating the symptoms without addressing the underlying problem.
This case study is a national level approach to support the countrywide collaborative approaches influencing policy on climate change (CC) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) fields that add value in DRR and CC processes in program and projects. This is an on-going process.
Joining together for local level impact
The challenge of ensuring local level impact of disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies is clear.
Written by Terry Gibson
"With several emergencies happening simultaneously, very little has been done to include people with disabilities". writes Carlos Kaiser, Executive Director of GNDr member Inclusiva. about the exclusion of persons with disabilities in the response to the ongoing emergency situation in Chile. Carlos calls for the Chilean government to have a reality check and recognise the current realities on the ground for persons with disabilities. And we must all support this - "The moment to act is now".
At Sendai conference, NGOs lament limited political commitment to funding disaster risk reduction plans. Sticky points linger on around targets, finance and support from the developed to developing countries as conference enters last day. Leaders given a wake-up call on importance of deal as Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu.
[by GNDR | 3rd WCDRR Sendai | 17 March 2015 | Day 4]
'Of course we are terrified. Each time there is heavy rain, there are landslides and fallen trees everywhere... But what can we do, we try to stay calm and hope nothing will happen to our family. Our livelihood is here, our coffee plantation is our main source of income, so we have no choice'.
New report finds the Hyogo Framework for Action isn't working for the poorest
The report finds that, though the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 has increased awareness and understanding of disaster risk reduction, most respondents to the VFL survey report that disaster losses are still rising. Amongst the poorest that figure rises to 68%.