For the second year in a row environmental issues dominate the survey of the perception of risk in the Global Risks Report 2018, issued this week by the World Economic Forum (WEF) just ahead of its annual meeting that starts on Tuesday in Davos, Switzerland.
Partners for Resilience in Indonesia earlier this month supported a workshop in Jakarta convened by the Red Cross to discuss a draft study of local policy and practice on disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation and their “integration into spatial and development planning”.
The discussion was intended to generate input for and views of the study from civil society organizations working on risk reduction and adaptation in Indonesia.
by Brigitte Rudram and Janot Mendler de Suarez, Climate Centre, Cap-Haïtien
The global launch of pilots of the Y-Adapt programme for engagement by young people in action on climate change took place in the northern Haitian city of Cap-Haitien in October, at a new regional training centre for the Haitian Red Cross (HRC), built with support from the American Red Cross.
Bonn/Geneva 14 November 2017 – The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, today described climate change as “a key driver of risk” in the modern world, adding that his organization’s role in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable people will be “still more pivotal” over the next few years.
Mr Sy points out that more than 90 per cent of natural hazards are now regarded as climate-related, and demand for Red Cross Red Crescent humanitarian services is likely to surge.
Staying several steps ahead of possible health impacts from weather and climate was the focus of the third Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum in Apia, Samoa at the end of September.
Les régions Mirwa perdent en moyenne 100 tonnes de terres arables par an, selon le ministère de l'agriculture et l'élevage. Cette situation alarmante n'a pas laissé la Croix-Rouge du Burundi indifférente. Elle s'est inscrite à la mobilisation de la population pour la prévention des risques de catastrophe à travers son approche "Ménage Modèle". C'est ainsi que les volontaires de la Croix-Rouge du Burundi se sont encore mobilisés pour contribuer aux activités de protection de l'environnement. C'était dans la semaine du 9 au 13 octobre 2017.
AS THE YEAR 2016 drew to a close, we faced what UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien would tell the Security Council was the “largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations”. Much though by no means all of this food security emergency was the result of conflict – in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, three countries he had just visited.
by Cecilia Costella, Climate Centre
Climate Centre specialists this week call for existing social protection systems around the world to be expanded to include “early action and preparedness”.
Social protection consists of long-term policies and programmes to reduce poverty and vulnerability by providing support to people over their lifetimes.
This policy brief, presented as part of the Raising Risk Awareness initiative, concludes that, from the climate science perspective, results show the 2016-17 drought is less severe than the 2010-11 drought in Lamu, while in Marsabit they are comparable. It provides recommendations for decision-makers to link disaster risk management strategies with climate science.
By Husni, IFRC
This year, the International Mangrove Day marks an important achievement by the Indonesian Red Cross Society (Palang Merah Indonesia – PMI). Thanks to the efforts of Red Cross staff and volunteers working closely with local communities, more than one million seedlings have been planted across three counties in Indonesia including Aceh, central Java and West Nusa Tenggara, where there is a high risk of disasters such as tsunamis, floods and landslides.
By Sanne Boswijk
The Walda Climate Adaptation project is part of the bigger strategy of the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) on disaster risk management, aimed at addressing three key pillars namely; disaster risk reduction, food security and livelihood, as well as environment, which focuses on disaster preparedness, the chronic food insecurity in the country and climate change.
Climate scientists from multi international agencies, on 23 March 2017, released a detailed study of the Kenyan drought, whose main message is: prepare for more.
The scientists shared their findings at the conclusion of a three-day conference in Nairobi that brought together representatives from the government, private sector, Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and other humanitarian agencies.
A. Situation Analysis
A. Situation Analysis
Description of the Disaster
A long continuous drought combined with heavy rainfall attributed to the El Niño phenomenon and climate change over the past two years brought difficult times for Cuba. In recent years, rainfall patterns during both the dry and rainy seasons have not reached normal historical values, which has caused a decrease in groundwater resources and the drying up of the rivers and dams on which the population depends on for its water supply.
In a decisive move to combat the effects of climate change and disasters, Pacific Leaders endorsed the world's first ever integrated regional framework to build resilience to climate change and disasters at the annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) late last year.
A three-year project to reduce Pacific nations’ vulnerability to the effects of climate change has just wrapped up after being successfully implemented in eight Pacific countries.
The FINPAC project was funded by the Government of Finland and coordinated through the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).