UNOPS and disaster risk reduction

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This fact sheet presents UNOPS activities in helping governments and development partners construct disaster-resistant infrastructure and increase the resilience of communities against natural disasters through the design and construction of major infrastructure projects such as schools, roads, bridges and hospitals to the highest standards, able to withstand extreme weather events.

Finance for emergency preparedness: links to resilience

Publication date: 2013 - ISBN/ISSN: 1756-7610 - Author(s): Harris, Katie
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This background note addresses the cost effectiveness of investing in resilience when compared with approaches that rely exclusively on ex-post response and recovery, and the lack of funding towards disaster prevention and preparedness, which can build the resilience of communities to cope with emergencies. It considers emergency preparedness as a capacity that helps absorb shocks and provides a way to achieve resilience itself.

A new vision for community resilience

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This brochure presents a vision on community resilience and effective disaster risk reduction, based on experiences and combined knowledge of 5 organizations in 9 countries that are part of Partners for Resilience Alliance (PfR.) It describes PfR’s vision tree which is based on eight principles for resilience (the roots): work on different timescales, recognize broader geographical scales, strengthen institutional resilience, integrate disciplines and approaches, stimulate learning, promote community self-management, focus on livelihoods, form partnerships; four building blocks (the trunk): anticipate, respond, adapt, transform; that apply on several levels (the leafs): household, community, landscape.

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Issues brief 8 - Reducing disaster risk and building resilience

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This brief aims at providing an overview of the existing international commitments in the area of disaster risk reduction and resilience building looking into progress of implementation, remaining gaps and proposed goals within the context of sustainable development, with a view to facilitating constructive discussion around the issue in the course of the preparation for the UNCSD (Rio+20).

Building resilience to climate change: ecosystem-based adaptation and lessons from the field

EDITORE: International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - AUTORI: Andrade Pérez, Ángela; Herrera Fernández, Bernal; Cazzolla Gatti, Roberto (eds) - PUBBLICAZIONE: 2010

This publication adds to our knowledge and understanding of the many ways in which ecosystem management can support both people and nature to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change. It compiles a set of current operational case studies from around the globe and highlights: (i) some practical adaptation planning processes that may advance the development of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA), which main objectives are to promote community resilience through ensuring the maintenance of ecosystem services, reducing disaster risks and preventing "mal-adaptation"; and (ii) some conservation adaptation strategies. It intends to summarize some current applications of the EbA concept and its tools used around the world, and also draw lessons from experiences in conservation adaptation.