Climate change and disaster risk reduction

Sharing South-South Experience on Restoration and Management of Mangrove Ecosystem

05 Nov 2016

View of restored mangrove forest from the same watchtower
Mangroves are lifeline of the coast. Mangrove forests can store more carbon than most other types of habitats on the planet. The monetary value of goods and services received from mangroves is not less than US $ 186 annually (WWF). However, degradation of mangrove forest and the resulting impacts are major concerns for the countries in the tropic. Bangladesh supports the world’s largest single tract of mangrove forest. The total coverage of mangrove forest is 4.07% of the country’s land area. Bangladesh has years of experience of mangrove restoration. The area of planted mangrove in the country is more than 190,000 ha. The country has also been successful in applying community based conservation and management of mangrove forests. … Read more

How to move on from disaster risk - literally

07 Jul 2016

A fisherman casts his net near a line of modular "mobile" houses in Sariakandi, Bangladesh. Photo: Md. Moazzem Mostakim Timur, UNDP
In Bangladesh, where worsening river erosion and other disasters destroy huge numbers of homes each year, one innovation could cut losses and build resilience: “mobile” houses that can be dismantled, moved and reassembled in a matter of hours. The light-weight homes, developed by a flood-prone Bangladeshi community with the help of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Australian Aid, use low-cost, locally available materials and can be quickly carried away without the need for trucks or other equipment. In Sariakandi, an area in northern Bangladesh, floods regularly inundate homes, most recently during the 2014 monsoon. … Read more

'Result matters, isn’t it!'- World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015

17 Mar 2015

Updates from World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)Highlights of day 1a.       Third UN WCDRR 2015 has been officially opened today by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon in Sendai, Japan. The Secretary-General told the 4,000 participants – including representatives of 186 governments - attending the opening day of the five day event: “You have made this the highest-level meeting on DRR in history. This is the first stop on our journey to a new future. DRR advances progress on sustainable development and climate change.” He added, we can watch that number grow as more people suffer. Or we can dramatically lower that figure and invest the savings in development. Six billion dollars allocated each year can result in savings of up to US$360 billion by 2030. Among other dignitaries, His Majesty the emperor and Her Majesty the empress of Japan attended to grace the opening ceremony. The Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe, also spoke in the opening session.b.      His Excellency Mr. Abe, today pledged $US 4 billion to support implementation of the “Sendai Cooperation Initiative for Disaster Risk Reduction” over the next four years. The package will focus on the development of disaster-proof infrastructure, … Read more

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