Thursday, May 11, 2017

DRR documents & publications 04-10 May 2017

There are 16 new documents & publications on disaster risk reduction published in collaboration with the ISDR Library since last week. Expand your DRR library.

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*  2017 Resilience index annual report
FM Global, 2017

The 2017 FM Global Resilience Index is an annual ranking of 130 countries and territories according to their enterprise resilience to disruptive events. Rankings are calculated as an equally weighted composite of 12 core drivers that affect the enterprise resilience of countries significantly and directly. The historical data in this year s index has been updated and calculated on this new basis for each of the last five years to enable valid...

Themes: Economics of DRR; Private Sector; Risk Identification & Assessment

*  Assessment of Kenya's preparedness to disasters caused by natural hazards Development Initiatives (DI), 2017

This report details the findings of our study on Kenya's preparedness for floods, drought and disease outbreaks   human and animal. It looks at preparedness at the national and subnational level focusing on Mandera and Migori counties. The study assesses preparedness under different frameworks: governance and legal; preparedness capacity; linkages to international processes of disaster preparedness; and financial allocations to preparedness....

Themes: Disaster Risk Management
Hazards: Drought; Epidemic & Pandemic; Flood

*  Brisbane river catchment flood study
Queensland Government, Australia - gov, 2017

The Flood Study provides a comprehensive analysis of a range of flood events that may occur within the Brisbane River catchment and is a critical first step toward developing a Strategic Floodplain Management Plan for the region. The Flood Study area includes parts of the Brisbane River catchment, with a focus on flooding events downstream of Wivenhoe Dam including the Brisbane River, Lockyer Creek and the Bremer River system. Two major components...

Themes: Environment & Ecosystems; Risk Identification & Assessment
Hazards: Flood

*  Canadian voices on changing flood risk University of Waterloo (UW), 2017

This report presents the findings of a national survey, which gathered the opinions of 2,300 individuals from across the country who live in communities with high flood risk. The findings reveal that homeowners lack awareness of flood risk and the protection options available for them to play their part in reducing flood risk.  Key findings Due to rising costs, the federal and provincial governments are finding ways to reduce flood risks...

Themes: Advocacy & Media
Hazards: Flood

*  Community participation in emergency planning: NSW State Emergency Service case study Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR), 2017

There is growing recognition within the Australian emergency management sector of the need to engage communities as core partners, where they are considered equals in risk-related decision-making processes that affect them (Attorney-General s Department 2013). There is, however, little guidance available to practitioners about how best to involve communities in risk reduction processes and little evidence on which to build approaches. To address...

Themes: Community-based DRR; Disaster Risk Management

*  Coproducing flood risk management through citizen involvement: insights from cross-country comparison in Europe Ecology and Society (E&S), 2016

Drawing from public administration literature, this research adopts the notion of  coproduction  as an analytical framework for studying the interaction between citizens and public authorities, from the decision-making process through to the implementation of flood risk management (FRM) in practice. On the basis of a cross-country comparison, the research highlighted the varied forms of coproduction and reflected on how these have...

Themes: Civil Society/NGOs; Governance
Hazards: Flood

*  Dependencies of Europe s economy on other parts of the world in terms of water resources Improving Predictions and Management of Hydrological Extremes (Imprex); Water Footprint Network, 2017

Climate change is leading to increased water scarcity and drought in many parts of the world. This has implications for the European Union (EU) because many of the goods consumed or used in the EU are produced abroad. This makes its economy dependent on water resources well beyond its borders. This report reveals where potential vulnerabilities to the EU s food security and economic stability exist and identifies which food products may become...

Themes: Climate Change; Economics of DRR; Food Security & Agriculture; Water
Hazards: Drought

*  Developing city resilience strategies: lessons from the ICLEI ACCCRN process Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN); International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), 2016

Asian cities are on the frontline of climate change. A third of all low-elevation coastal zones in the world are located in Asia, where two-thirds of the world s urban population reside. A number of Asian cities have been involved in climate change adaptation and resilience-building initiatives, focusing on the capacity of local governments to assess vulnerabilities and implement effective mitigation strategies. One such initiative is the Asian...

Themes: Climate Change; Urban Risk & Planning

*  Harvesting the value of water: Stormwater, green infrastructure, and real estate.
Urban Land Institute Foundation (ULI Foundation), 2017

Harvesting the Value of Water explores the real estate sector s increased participation in stormwater management through the incorporation of green infrastructure and other water management mechanisms. Highlighting a series of case studies, the report explores how stormwater management can introduce operational efficiencies, improve building user experience, enhance aesthetics, and otherwise differentiate a real estate project. Cities across...

Themes: Critical Infrastructure; Environment & Ecosystems; Urban Risk & Planning; Water
Hazards: Flood; Storm

*  Heat wave vulnerability mapping for India Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), 2017

Assessing geographic variability in heat wave vulnerability forms the basis for planning appropriate targeted adaptation strategies. Given several recent deadly heatwaves in India, heat is increasingly being recognized as a public health problem. However, to date there has not been a country-wide assessment of heat vulnerability in India. This paper evaluated demographic, socioeconomic, and environmental vulnerability factors and combined district...

Themes: GIS & Mapping; Risk Identification & Assessment; Social Impacts & Social Resilience
Hazards: Heat Wave

*  Integrating climate change into road asset management World Bank, the (WB), 2017

This report highlights some challenges to the research and academic fraternity in understanding climatic impacts on road networks better, developing more resilient technologies and, most importantly, developing a better understanding to quantify the impact or benefits of climate adaptation strategies. The main conclusion of this report is that asset management, when undertaken according to best practice, is already one of the most significant climate...

Themes: Climate Change; Critical Infrastructure

*  Preventing drowning: an implementation guide World Health Organization (WHO), 2017

This guide provides practical steps to reduce drowning   one of the world s most preventable, neglected and pressing public health issues. Through evidence-based interventions and strategies it is designed to help drowning-prevention practitioners   from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and researchers to government officials and policy-makers   approach drowning prevention in a strategic, evidencebased and multisectoral...

Themes: Advocacy & Media; Capacity Development; Children and Youth; Education & School Safety; Health & Health Facilities
Hazards: Flood

*  Resilience and resource efficiency in cities United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 2017

This report looks at the relationship between building the resilience of cities in the face of global environmental change, and increasing the resource efficiency of cities to reduce their harmful impacts on the environment. It provides examples of effective ways to address these agendas, as well as the potential and challenges for integration.  The report has three main sections: on resilience, on resource efficiency, and on the nexus between...

Themes: Critical Infrastructure; Food Security & Agriculture; Urban Risk & Planning; Water

*  Safeguarding indigenous architecture in Vanuatu United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Headquarters (UNESCO), 2017

Nakamals, nakamal, an indigenous architecture form used by the traditional chiefs for meetings related to governance, decision making, and teaching in Vanuatu.nakamal, play a significant role in the maintenance of kastom in Vanuatu. They also have an important functional role in Disaster Risk Reduction in rural areas. They are anecdotally known to have been designed to withstand high winds and cyclonic conditions and are historically often described...

Themes: Cultural Heritage; Indigenous Knowledge; Structural Safety
Hazards: Cyclone

*  Selecting measures and designing strategies for integrated flood management Deltares; Global Water Partnership (GWP); World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 2017

This publication outlines the approach and steps to develop and evaluate well-balanced and well-motivated strategies to cope with the risk of flooding. The design of strategies covers the full range of possible structural and non-structural measures, including structural protection and mitigation measures, planning and building codes, emergency management, raising of risk awareness and preparedness, risk-sharing and the like. This guidance document...

Themes: Environment & Ecosystems; Water

*  The growing threat of pandemics: Enhancing domestic and international biosecurity Texas A&M International University System (TAMIU), 2017

The threat posed by pandemics grows alongside increased globalization and technological innovation. Distant cultures can now be connected in a day s time, and international trade links global health and economic prosperity. This report details nine priority areas and accompanying action items that will help to address current pandemic response problems. Developing centralized leadership; coordinating existing agencies and departments; reforming...

Themes: Health & Health Facilities
Hazards: Epidemic & Pandemic

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