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By Hamish Steptoe, Sarah Jones, and Helen Foxon
Many of the natural disasters that make the news headlines are related to extreme or unusual weather events. In an open-access article recently published in Reviews in Geophysics, Steptoe et al. examine extreme atmospheric hazards effecting different countries and regions around the world, and their connections with the global climate system. The editor asked the authors to explain more about these hazards and describe how scientific insights can be used by governments, communities and corporations involved in disaster risk reduction.
This policy brief updates Practical Action's thinking and approach to building resilience for the most vulnerable - From Vulnerability to Resilience (V2R). Using the experiences gained from the Zurich Global Flood Resilience Programme and the interactions with alliance partners, the organization has updated the V2R framework to be used by practitioners when developing resilience-building programmes and policies.
UNISDR AP - By Yuki Matsuoka
Kobe - The ten-year old International Recovery Platform is getting a new lease of life thanks to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Sendai Framework, adopted by UN member States in March 2015, as a blueprint for reducing disaster losses places special emphasis on ensuring that capacities are in place for effective recovery. In January, the annual International Recovery Forum attracted 170 participants from 37 countries to Kobe, Japan, and much of the discussion centred around Priority Four of the Sendai Framework which notes that the recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction phase is a “critical opportunity to ‘Build Back Better.’”
United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR)
Turkey’s 23 October quake revealed that only 9 per cent of building owners were insured despite it being mandatory in the country’s municipal areas. Turkey’s main earthquake insurance authority says the low figure comes from having too few people with insurance in the affected region, citing lack of awareness, people with incomes too low to purchase insurance, and lax enforcement. According to risk modelling firms, low levels of insurance use in Turkey is likely to place the cost of Sunday’s quake at $170 million to insurance companies – a small fraction of the $12 billion incurred after the New Zealand earthquake in February, and $22 billion after Japan’s combined earthquake and tsunami in March.