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.
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.
"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.
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:
2. Climate change and food security
3. Animal diseases and issues of concern
4. Plant pests and issues of concern
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.
"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.