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Juillet 2012

Analysis: Evidence for climate extremes, costs, gets more local

31 July 2012

Scientists are finding evidence that man-made climate change has raised the risks of individual weather events, such as floods or heatwaves, marking a big step towards pinpointing local costs and ways to adapt to freak conditions.

"We're seeing a great deal of progress in attributing a human fingerprint to the probability of particular events or series of events," said Christopher Field, co-chairman of a U.N. report due in 2014 about the impacts of climate change.

Experts have long blamed a build-up of greenhouse gas emissions for raising worldwide temperatures and causing desertification,

Advancing Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance in ASEAN Member States: Framework and Options for Implementation

19 July 2012

This report is a first collaborative effort to present a comprehensive body of knowledge on the state of disaster risk financing and insurance in ASEAN Member States and share examples of best practice and lessons from international experience.

Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Analysis: A practitioner's OXFAM guide

8 july 2012

Oxfam’s participatory capacity and vulnerability analysis (PCVA) tool is a risk analysis process designed to help staff and partner organisations engage with communities in contexts where natural disasters are significant drivers of poverty and suffering.

PCVA has its roots in two proven social development methodologies:

  • First, it stems from capacity and vulnerability analysis (CVA) methodology. This has long enabled development and humanitarian aid workers to design programmes based on a community’s capacities as well as its vulnerabilities.

Central Vietnam faces drought, partly caused by hydro-power plants

7 July 2012

Tens of thousands of hectares of rice and crops in provinces in central Vietnam are in need of water now.

Mr. Huynh Van Thang, deputy director of the Da nang Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that around 6,000 hectares of crops are threatened by drought.

In Thua Thien – Hue province, half of the rice area lacks water.

In Phu Yen province, Dong Cam, the largest irrigation work in the province, which supplies water for 15,000 hectares of rice, is seriously dry.

At present, thousands of households in the downstream regions of Thu Bon, Vu Gia rivers in Quang Nam and Ba

“Under Tents”: International Campaign Launch for Housing in Haiti

6 July 2012

"The quantity of people who are homeless in Port-au-Prince today is not acceptable. We need the support of other governments, like the US, to demand that the Haitian Government create a social housing plan. We are looking for allies to help our advocacy. We are asking simply for quality homes where people can live." - Jackson Doliscar of the grassroots group Force for Reflection and Action on Housing (FRAKKA).

Haitian grassroots organizations and international allies are launching an urgent housing rights campaign today, July 2, calling for permanent housing solutions for the nearly 400,000

Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2011: The Numbers and Trends (CRED - WHO)

6 July 2012

In 2011, 332 natural disasters were registered, less than the average annual disaster frequency observed from 2001 to 2010 (384). However, the human and economic impacts of the disasters in 2011 were massive. Natural disasters killed a total of 30 773 people and caused 244.7 million victims worldwide (see Figure 1). Economic damages from natural disasters were the highest ever registered, with an estimated US$ 366.1 billion.

Over the last decade, China, the United States, the Philippines, India and Indonesia constitute together the top 5 countries that are most frequently hit by natural

France / Xynthia: la Cour des comptes accable l'Etat

5 July 2012

On connaissait le bilan humain de la tempête Xynthia – qui avait frappé le littoral atlantique le 27 février 2010 – et des inondations qui, le 15 juin de la même année, avaient submergé les communes du Var: 64 personnes décédées, deux disparues, des centaines de blessés et de familles sans toit. Mais on ignorait le bilan financier de ces deux catastrophes.

Act Now, Save Later !

4 July 2012



OCHA and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a new animation video highlighting the urgent need to invest more in preparing for and preventing natural disasters, which have claimed more than 1 million lives since 2000.

The video, Act Now, Save Later, is funded by OCHA and UNDP and produced by Ataboy. It highlights that every dollar of foreign aid spent on averting and mitigating disasters saves an average of US$7 in humanitarian disaster response.