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18 Nov 2017 description

JAKARTA, 17 November 2017 – ASEAN officials in charge of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) committed themselves to strengthening integration of actions in their respective agencies that will effectively address disaster risk and climate change, with particular focus on water-related disasters including flood, storm, landslide and drought.

15 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Resilient Transport Vital to Curb Disaster Losses in Small Island Developing States

Improved policies alone could reduce the impact of natural disasters on well-being by 13 to 25% in small island countries

15 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Pascal Laureyn

PHNOM PENH, Nov 14 2017 (IPS) - In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the trees. The Don Sahong dam is a strong symbol, not only for a power-hungry Asia but also for what critics fear is a disaster in the making.

14 Nov 2017 description

Last week Typhoon Damrey ripped through central Viet Nam. More than 100 people lost their lives, while more than 130,000 homes were damaged or flooded. Winds of up to 135 km/hour battered provinces like Khanh Hoa- an area historically has been spared such ferocious storms in the past. It was particularly poignant that the storm struck as high level global conferences were bringing world leaders together to discuss both the global impact of Climate Change and Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

10 Nov 2017 description
report Germanwatch

Climate Risk Index shows vulnerability of small island states

Increased intensity of storms takes a toll on small island states and poor countries / Since 1997, over 520,000 people have been killed by more than 11,000 extreme weather events

08 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

BONN, Germany, Nov 8 2017 (IPS) - November 8 marks the fourth anniversary of Haiyan’s landfall in the Philippines. The super typhoon was the strongest ever to make landfall.

Today, the world continues to be devastated by even more extreme weather events. This year alone saw flooding in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Vietnam, and the United States; drought in Somalia; Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in the Caribbean and the U.S.; and just last week, Storm Herwart in Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland.

06 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Convened under the Presidency of Fiji, the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) will make history as the first-ever small island state COP. The negotiations will take place from 6 to 17 November at the World Conference Center in Bonn.

  • To support the ambitions of the Paris Agreement, the Bank Group is ramping up action around key focus areas such as mobilizing climate finance and supporting vulnerable countries to build resilience to climate impacts.

06 Nov 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

YÊN BÁI — In recent years, the mountainous province of Yên Bái in the north has consistently been among the hardest hit by natural disasters.

However, it is patently obvious that human activities have exacerbated the devastation caused.

Many serious cases of deforestation have been uncovered in the province, but nothing much comes out of it. There is some public outrage, followed by “disciplinary actions” and “warnings” being doled out against some “bad seeds” officials.

03 Nov 2017 description

This is one of the outcomes of the project "Building response capacity, recovery and adaptation to disaster risks and climate for men and women" (RADCC) in Ben Tre province.

The project funded by the New Zealand Agency for International Development via the Oxfam Foundation. The total capital disbursed was over 60.8 billion.

The project will be implemented from December 2012 to October 2017. 15 communes in three coastal districts of Ba Tri, Binh Dai and Thanh Phu will benefit from the project.

24 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Foreword

Vietnam’s economic success, initiated by the Đổi Mới reforms in the late 1980s, lifted over 40 million people out of poverty. Lately, however, Vietnam has been facing a new wave of challenges. Adverse impacts of natural hazard shocks and rapid degradation of natural resources threaten its gross domestic product (GDP) and related social development gains. The 2015–2016 drought and saltwater intrusion (SWI) event has had far-reaching socioeconomic effects, including food insecurity, water scarcity, associated health issues, and loss of livestock.

13 Oct 2017 description

SUDDEN ONSET DISASTERS TO MAKE 14 MILLION PEOPLE HOMELESS EVERY YEAR

13 October 2017 – Research findings released today on International Day for Disaster Reduction forecast a continued rise in homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster prone countries unless significant progress is made in managing disaster risk.

13 Oct 2017 description

Reporting to the leaders of Hau Giang province on October 9th, Vu Thi Phuong Linh – an expert on urban issue said that, along with Vi Thanh city, World Bank is working with authorities of6 other cities of Mekong Delta, including: Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ben Tre, Tan An, Long Xuyen, Vinh Long to develop and implement the “Building capacity to mitigate climate change risks”project.

13 Oct 2017 description

On October 10th, representative of the Vietnam delegation in the United Nations, Mr. Ngo Gia Thuan - First secretary gave a speech at the discussion session with its topic of sustainable development of the Economic Commission under the United Nations General Assembly.

13 Oct 2017 description

13 October 2017 – Research findings released today on International Day for Disaster Reduction forecast a continued rise in homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster prone countries unless significant progress is made in managing disaster risk.

An unique modelling exercise based on the latest data covering 204 countries and territories calculates that sudden onset disasters such as floods and cyclones, are displacing on average 13.9 million people each year, excluding those involved in pre-emptive evacuations.

13 Oct 2017 description

13 octobre 2017 – Les résultats d’une nouvelle étude publiés à l’occasion de La journée internationale pour la prévention des catastrophes prévoient une augmentation continue du nombre de déplacés parmi les populations des pays les plus vulnérables aux aléas naturels, à moins que des progrès importants ne soient réalisés en faveur d’une meilleure gestion des risques.

10 Oct 2017 description

UN report says natural disasters to become more destructive in Asia-Pacific without action on disaster resilience

Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense and disaster risk is outpacing resilience in Asia-Pacific, the most disaster-prone region in the world, according to the latest report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

28 Sep 2017 description

After the inaugural session of the Conference on sustainable and climate-resilient development of the Mekong Delta, the following topics were discussed: Overview symposium on Challenges of Opportunities and Solutions to Change the Mekong Delta Development Model; Symposium on sustainable agriculture, irrigation infrastructure, natural disaster and landslide prevention; Symposium on Master Plan of the Mekong Delta.

28 Sep 2017 description

On the sidelines of the Prime Minister's Conference on sustainable and climate-resilient development of the Mekong Delta on September 26, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue met with Lucia Bergfeld, First Secretary, Counselor of Development of German Embassy in Vietnam; Jasper Abramowski, Director of the German Agency for Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Vietnam

27 Sep 2017 description

WASHINGTON, October 14, 2017 – In the wake of natural disasters that have threatened millions of people and destroyed thousands of buildings and dwellings over the past few months, the future resilience of urban environments is receiving a boost of support today, as the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) became the first donor in the World Bank’s City Resilience Program …

25 Sep 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

KIÊN GIANG — The daily lives of some 500 households have been disrupted and 600ha of protective forest lost due to landslides on the nearly 70km seashore of the Mekong Delta’s Kiên Giang Province in recent years, with climate change blamed for the landslides.

The district of An Minh is believed to have suffered most from the landslides, with nearly 37km of shore damaged.