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  • This annual statement confirms that 2016 was the warmest year on record, approximately 1.1 °C above the pre-industrial period, and 0.06 °C above the previous highest value set in 2015.Noteworthy extreme events in 2016 included severe droughts that brought food insecurity to millions in southern and eastern Africa and Central...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Tuesday, 21 March 2017
  • This report aims to develop an understanding of the existing disaster risk reduction (DRR) practices of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the Indian market and to map out the disaster-related vulnerabilities of clients affected by crisis in order to assess opportunities for more effective disaster preparedness.The study found that...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Tuesday, 21 March 2017
  • This document provides a toolkit that raises airport operator awareness about vulnerabilities caused by significant weather events. The toolkit helps airports develop more robust contingency and recovery plans, in addition to their airport emergency plans.This toolkit focuses on events that are “rare but plausible”;...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Tuesday, 21 March 2017
  • This research paper reviews the benefits of forests as highlighted in the literature on forest, water and energy cycle interactions. Forest, water and energy cycle interactions provide the foundation for achieving forest-based adaptation and mitigation goals. The effects of forests on water and climate at local, regional and continental scales...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Tuesday, 21 March 2017
  • The year 2016 made history, with a record global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Extreme weather and climate conditions have continued into 2017.
    PreventionWeb News on Tuesday, 21 March 2017
  • Geneva, 21 March 2017 – The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today extended his condolences to the people of Peru on the loss of life caused by the on-going deadly rains, floods and landslides which have led to the declaration of a state of emergency.

    Mr. Glasser said: “Few countries were…

    UNISDR on Tuesday, 21 March 2017
  • Kiribati is one of the world's most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change and sea level rise. The Kiribati Adaptation Program is working with communities to provide safe drinking water and strengthen coastal infrastructure.
    PreventionWeb News on Tuesday, 21 March 2017
  • A new research program, led by the University of Saskatchewan, seeks to develop new forecasting systems to provide earlier and more precise warnings about flooding and droughts. As climate change increases the likelihood of extreme weather events, existing systems and models are no longer up to date.
    PreventionWeb News on Tuesday, 21 March 2017
  • In 2016, South Africa experienced one of the worst droughts in decades. To avert a future water crisis, the country needs to seek alternative sources of water supply. Stormwater harvesting could supplement traditional urban water supplies.
    PreventionWeb News on Tuesday, 21 March 2017
  • This document discusses the need for a change in the way humanitarian assistance is provided and the shared moral imperative of preventing crises and sustainably reducing people’s levels of humanitarian need, a task that requires the pursuit of collective outcomes across silos.The notion of “collective outcomes”...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Monday, 20 March 2017