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Ten months after Typhoon Haiyan: Lessons from the response and how to prepare for the future.  London, 12 September 2014

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The Overseas Development Institute hosted a panel discussion on the lessons that can be learned from the humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan, the largest typhoon ever to make landfall, which hit the Philippines in November 2014. A report of the meeting and a video are available online.

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Global estimates 2014: People displaced by disasters

Posted on: 19 September 2014
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This report, the fifth of its kind from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, aims to equip governments, international and regional institutions and civil society with up-to-date estimates and analysis of the displacement disasters cause and to identify trends as the basis for evidence-based dialogue and decision-making. The report presents estimates for 2013, and for each of the five preceding years. It also uses a prototype method to model the broad, historical trend in displacement since 1970.

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What do people see in the landscape? The metamorphosis of ecosystem services after disaster

Posted on: 3 July 2014
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This blog outlines research which has been carried out since 2010 in different cities of Chile affected by earthquakes and tsunamis, with particular emphasis on the use and role of natural systems located both inside and outside the city limits.

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Risk-informed decision-making: An agenda for improving risk assessments under HFA2

Posted on: 12 June 2014
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This brief from the Climate & Development Knowledge Network aims to support national planners and policymakers and to strengthen their disaster risk management efforts, particularly in the context of the new international disasters.

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Learning from Typhoon Haiyan: risk and resilience in emerging secondary cities

Posted on: 30 April 2014
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The worst storm to make landfall in recorded history hit Tacloban and other Philippine cities, each of which had no more than 250,000 residents yet which had to face an emergency operations challenge daunting even for the world’s largest mega-cities. The author of this blog learns how Tacloban and other secondary cities can improve their ability to cope.

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The post 2015 Hyogo Framework for Action: Managing risks to achieve resilience

Posted on: 11 April 2014
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The European Commission has set out its primary vision on how the European Union should contribute to the global efforts to reduce the impact of disasters. The Commission has adopted a Communication on The Post 2015 Hyogo Framework for Action: Managing Risks to achieve Resilience. This document is the basis for upcoming discussions between the Member States, the European Parliament and other stakeholders who will work on a common EU position for the global negotiations at the level of the United Nations. These talks will focus on how to mitigate the impact of natural and man-made disasters and to build a new framework for disaster risk reduction – the so-called post 2015 Hyogo Framework for Action. The European Commission has also published related  Staff Working Documents: EU Policies contributing to Disaster Risk Management, available here  and Overview of natural and man-made disaster risks in the EU available here.

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Urban uncertainty: Governing cities in turbulent times

Posted on: 28 March 2014
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The Urban Uncertainty project, based at the London School of Economics, is a collaborative investigation into emerging ways of envisioning and governing the future of cities. Combining empirical research with theoretical exploration, it seeks to develop a set of conceptual tools for analyzing and comparing the diversity of ways in which urban governments and populations orient themselves towards the uncertain and the unknown. In the context of heightened anxiety about climate change, financial crisis, armed conflict, political instability, natural disaster, and disease outbreak. Case studies are drawn from key sectors of urban governance, such as security, environment, finance, health, and infrastructure. The city of Bogotá features prominently due to its international reputation as a model of “good governance,” but it is compared with research on other cities from the global North and South.

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Disaster risk reduction: can public and private come together? London, 11 March 2014

Posted on: 19 March 2014
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Governments and the UN are drawing up a disaster risk action plan to succeed the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). A new agreement, HFA2, is due to be signed in March 2015.  This event aimed to explore how the private sector can engage in disaster risk reduction within this new agreement. Videos of the proceedings are available online.

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Profiling and Assessment Resource Kit

Posted on: 18 March 2014
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The website contains easily accessible and practical tools that serve to improve planning, implementation, and dissemination of information that articulates the needs of displacement-affected populations.

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The Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities

Posted on: 11 March 2014
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This scorecard provides a set of assessments that will allow cities to understand how resilient they are to natural disasters. It is based on the UNISDR’s “Ten Essentials” of disaster management and adds significant additional detail and quantification beneath the UNISDR’s Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LGSAT). It has been compiled by IBM and AECOM, who are members of UNISDR’s Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG). The scorecard is intended to enable cities to establish a baseline measurement of their current level of disaster resilience, to identify priorities for investment and action, and to track their progress in improving their disaster resilience over time. It consists of 85 disaster resilience evaluation criteria and focuses on the following aspects. This is a working document, and may change, possibly significantly, as experience is gained with using it. Comments and suggestions are welcomed.

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