Romania: good policies and institutions can limit the impact of natural disasters

Romania: good policies and institutions can limit the impact of natural disasters

Building resilience to climate change and natural disasters is a long journey that calls for good policies, effective coordination at different levels of government and across sectors, and mobilization of significant financial resources.To limit the consequences of natural disasters, countries around the world adopt policies to reduce private asset losses.

The rise of local mapping communities

The rise of local mapping communities

OpenDRI started its work with OSM by supporting the growth of local mapping communities in  Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, including through the Open Cities Project.

News Article: Green Climate Fund approves $127 million project for El Salvador's Dry Corridor

19 October 2018, Santiago de Chile/Rome - The Green Climate Fund today approved RECLIMA, a $127.7 million FAO-designed project that aims to improve the climate resilience of farming systems in El Salvador's Dry Corridor while benefitting  225,000 people, 20,000 of whom belong to indigenous communities.

Building better before the next disaster: How retrofitting homes can save lives and strengthen economies

Building better before the next disaster: How retrofitting homes can save lives and strengthen economies

Building better before the next disaster: How retrofitting homes can save lives and strengthen economies Governments at times do not have the knowledge they need to take advantage of the retrofitting option; nor are there policies and incentives in place to start making homes safer at scale.

Five actions for disability-inclusive disaster risk management

Five actions for disability-inclusive disaster risk management

In advance of the Global Disability Summit, and drawing on a recent report titled “Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Management” from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and the Recovery (GFDRR) and the World Bank, here are five actions that development institutions, governments, and other key stakeholders can take to ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind in the aftermath of a disaster.

Why cultural heritage matters for urban resilience

Why cultural heritage matters for urban resilience

In this video interview from the 2018 Understanding Risk Forum, Mr. Boccardi shares his thoughts on how disaster risk management practitioners can contribute to protecting cultural heritage and, at the same time, leverage these efforts toward the broader goal of building more resilient communities.

Addressing the risks from climate change in performance-based contracts

Addressing the risks from climate change in performance-based contracts

At present, climate change risks are generally carried by the asset owner through the Force Majeure provisions of the contract, and treated as ‘unforeseen’ events, with repair costs reimbursed to the contractor. Explore the full report: Incorporating Climate Adaptation Risks to Performance Based Contracting

The End of Coral Reefs? Not Yet.

The End of Coral Reefs? Not Yet.

The other piece of climate change that is just beginning to affect coral reefs is ocean acidification. Warm water coral reefs and climate change.