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31 Dec 2005 description

Executive Summary

The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 26 December 2004 affected part of Somalia, with most of the damage experienced in the north-east along a 650 km coastline stretching from Xafuun in the Bari region, to Garacad in the Mudug region. About 44,000 people are believed to have been affected by the tsunami.

30 Nov 2005 description

Executive Summary

The Seychelles island group was struck by a series of powerful tidal surges, resulting from the tsunami, generated by the earthquake off Indonesia on 26 December 2004. As a direct consequence of these tidal surges two people lost their lives, and hundreds of families suffered damage to their homes and livelihoods. The effects of the tsunami were compounded by exceptionally heavy rainfall on 29 December, causing flooding, landslides, and tree/rock falls.

01 Oct 2005 description

"Forests and floods: Drowning in fiction or thriving on facts?" examines the conventional wisdom is that forests act as giant 'sponges', soaking up water during heavy rainfall and releasing freshwater slowly when it is most needed, during the dry months of the year. The reality is far more complex, and the report calls for a reassessment of current knowledge of the relationship between forests and water, and reconsiderations of conventional responses to large-scale floods.

01 May 2005 description

This report, presented to the Committee on World Food Security, describes how climate change threatens to increase the number of the world's hungry by reducing the area of land available for farming in developing countries, with severest impact on sub-Saharan Africa. The report also notes the impact of climate change on animal diseases and plant pests. Contents include:

1. Introduction
2. Climate change and food security

3. Animal diseases and issues of concern

4. Plant pests and issues of concern

5. Synthesis

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 Apr 2005 description

"State of the World's Forests" presents a global picture of the forest sector by providing the latest information on major policy developments and key emerging issues. As with previous publications, this sixth edition aims to assist forest practitioners, other resource managers, policy experts, educators, forest industry and civil society to make informed decisions about the best way to achieve sustainable forest management.

25 Feb 2005 description


1.1 Introduction