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Central African lawmakers step up disaster risk reduction

Members of parliament from across Central Africa are stepping up their region’s drive to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards by implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

21 Jun 2016 News briefs

Uganda deploys drones to build refugee resilience

Uganda is developing base maps for refugee settlements that host thousands of people in the east African country, with the goal being to support risk-informed development and land use planning and thereby build community resilience.

15 Jun 2016 News briefs

Healthy ecosystems shield against disasters

Healthy and well-managed ecosystems offer a buffer against hazards and can support local resilience by sustaining livelihoods, making them a cornerstone of efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

2 Jun 2016 News briefs

Kampala strives to improve resilience

Authorities in Uganda’s capital city are prioritising infrastructure development, climate-smart capital investment procedures and emissions reduction in order to strengthen the city’s resilience to natural and man-made hazards.

17 May 2016 News briefs

Kenyan city pilots Sendai risk monitoring

The Kenyan city of Kisumu is pioneering local-level implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa, underlining its determination to find sustainable solutions to the challenge of rapid urbanization and a changing climate.

29 Apr 2016 News briefs

Southern African countries set to track disaster losses

Six southern African countries have taken a key step in their efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards, by starting a programme to harness data.

22 Apr 2016 News briefs

Disaster risk management vital for private sector

Trillions of dollars of new investment are expected to pour into in hazard-prone areas by 2030, dramatically increasing the global value of assets at risk. Factoring that into capital investments, supply chains and operations will be decisive for business resilience and the success of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

15 Apr 2016 News briefs

East Africa passes landmark disaster risk bill

East African countries have reached a landmark in their efforts to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards, by enacting regional legislation on the management and reduction of disaster risk.

14 Mar 2016 News briefs

Africa highlights sustainable urbanisation

Delegates from across Africa have met to identify the continent’s priorities for sustainable urban development, addressing a critical component of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

9 Mar 2016 News briefs

Zimbabwe smallholders confront climate change

Zimbabwe has declared a state of disaster in the face of a regional drought, but smallholder farmers are tackling climate change head on by adopting new livelihood strategies to counter the adverse effects.

26 Feb 2016 News briefs

Sendai takes root in Africa

African countries have held fresh talks to drive forward their implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global agreement that is part of wider efforts to make development sustainable.

23 Feb 2016 News briefs

Radio in times of disaster

Through World Radio Day celebrations around the world tomorrow, UNESCO will promote radio in times of emergency and disaster. A key message on the day is that radio saves lives and reducing mortality is the first target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

12 Feb 2016 News briefs

Curbing landslide risk in Uganda

For decades, Mr. Joel Mayatsya has used traditional knowledge as an early warning system for landslides in the hilly area of Bududa, eastern Uganda, helping his community reduce the risk of a rain-triggered disaster.

2 Feb 2016 News briefs

Malawi pioneers peer review for disaster risk reduction in Africa

Africa has cleared a new milestone in its drive to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The pioneer is Malawi, which has undergone a peer review of its policies and actions, almost a year after being battered by floods.

6 Jan 2016 News briefs

Sendai Framework key for local resilience in Africa

Disasters in Sub-Saharan Africa are increasing in frequency, severity and impacts, and the continent’s rapid urban growth means that risk-sensitive development is crucial, according to participants at an international conference.

5 Jan 2016 News briefs

Uganda moves on Sendai Framework

Without addressing the growing levels of disaster and climate risk, the Government of Uganda fears that 43% of the population could regress into poverty.

16 Dec 2015 News briefs

Understanding Risk Forum opens in Addis Ababa

Delegates from over 30 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa along with development partners, academics and civil society are meeting at the launch of the Understanding Risk and Finance Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
18 Nov 2015 News briefs

Keeping it local to curb risk in Cameroon

Residents of a flood-prone community in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé are deploying local knowledge to curb the risk of disasters and epidemics by tackling the trash that blocks drainage ditches.

13 Oct 2015 News briefs

Local knowledge protects Cameroon harvest

Farmers in northwestern Cameroon are deploying traditional knowledge to boost the survival of their crops, thereby curbing the risk of disasters posed by increasingly unpredictable weather patterns.
23 Sep 2015 News briefs

Uganda gets ready for El Niño

The Government of Uganda is training its military and police officers in disaster preparedness in anticipation of the effects of El Niño-enhanced rains over the mid-September 2015 to January 2016 period.
18 Sep 2015 News briefs

Southern Africa moves on Sendai Framework

MAPUTO, 7 September 2015 – African leaders and experts on disaster risk are moving ahead on detailed planning of implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the new global agreement on reducing disaster losses and a key pillar of the post-2015 Development Agenda.

7 Sep 2015 News briefs

Scaling up insurance for resilience in Africa

Improved access to insurance can boost the resilience of vulnerable communities to recurrent disasters such as droughts and floods in Sub-Saharan Africa.

24 Aug 2015 News briefs

Kenya ramps up support for DRR legislation

The Government of Kenya and its partners are engaging to create an enabling environment for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global plan to curb deaths and economic losses caused by natural and man-made hazards.

20 Aug 2015 News briefs

Cameroon’s cities tackle flood risk

Recovering from floods that killed dozens of people and displaced thousands in June and July, Cameroon is working to rein in risk in its fast-growing urban centres.

7 Aug 2015 News briefs

The challenges of DRR in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is working to build its communities’ capacity to understand and reduce disaster risk, in a country often confronted by floods or droughts, but poverty and unemployment can make action a challenge.

29 Jul 2015 News briefs

Africa aims for substantial reductions in disaster losses

Representatives of 37 African governments today agreed to work together to achieve substantial reductions in disaster losses over the next 15 years, including reductions in mortality, the numbers of people affected and the economic damage caused by natural and human-induced hazards.

23 Jul 2015 Press release

Africa backs disaster risk plan

African governments today vowed to work together curb disaster losses over the next 15 years, with reductions in mortality, the numbers of people affected and the economic damage inflicted by natural and human-induced hazards.

23 Jul 2015 News briefs

Tackling poverty and drought in Uganda

A five-year initiative to tackle endemic poverty in Uganda’s northern region of Karamoja is expected to boost resilience to natural hazards, especially the recurrent droughts which can decimate livelihoods.

22 Jul 2015 News briefs

Africa sketches Sendai Framework plan

African governments have begun sketching out a continent-wide plan to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global pact that seeks to rein in the impact of natural and man-made hazards.

22 Jul 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework starts moving

International moves to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction got underway today, with African countries leading the way.
21 Jul 2015 News briefs

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