We are happy to announce that registration is open for the Understanding Risk & Finance Conference (URf), which will be held on November 17-20, 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You can find the agenda for the conference here. To apply to exhibit posters or stationary models or for a booth at the Innovation Expo, register by October 7th. General registration ends October 30th.
Rwanda launches National Risk Atlas thanks to ACP–EU NDRR Program assistance
September 2015 - The Government of Rwanda (GoR) has launched its first National Risk Atlas, thanks to a financial support of the ACP-EU NDRR Program. In close collaboration with UNDP, European Union and the World Bank,the National Risk Atlas was developed through a comprehensive risk assessment process led by the GoR.
The National Risk Atlas of Rwanda focuses on five main hazards: drought, landslide, flood, earthquake and windstorms. It highlights the different levels of vulnerability and exposure in relation to these hazards throughout Rwanda, while at the same time, outlining key mitigation recommendations designed to reduce risk.
With the introduction of this new tool, the country is expected to benefit from evidence-based development decisions that make investments risk informed and sustainable. The consolidation of accurate risk data will feed into the national risk management strategy, helping decision makers better protect human lives, economic assets and more effectively allocate scarce resources in disasters.
Group photo of Stakeholders and donors during the official launch of the National Risk Atlas of Rwanda
Please find the link to the Rwanda Risk Atlas Report here
For more information on the launch:
See the articles section on the resources page
The Malawi Disaster Recovery Framework is supported by the ACP-EU NDRR Program
Following the devastating January 2015 floods, the Government of Malawi (GoM) requested technical assistance to provide immediate support in the development of a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and a subsequent Recovery and Reconstruction Framework on 28 January, 2015.
The January 2015 seasonal rainfall was the highest on record for Malawi, and caused significant flooding primarily in the Southern Region, which affected 1,150,000 people, displaced 336,000 and killed 104. Based on the PDNA financially supported by ACP-EU NDRR program, estimates of damage and losses amount to US$335 million (equivalent to approximately 5.0 percent of GDP) and recovery and reconstruction needs to US$495 million. The GoM has tasked the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) to lead the development and coordination of a programmatic, cross-sectoral framework of recovery interventions. The PDNA has helped to leverage a World Bank funded USD 80 million Flood Emergency Recovery Project, a multi-sectoral project, which addresses both short, medium, and long term interventions, with an objective to sustainably restore agricultural livelihoods, reconstruct critical public infrastructure to improved standards in the flood-affected districts, and improve the GoM’s disaster response and recovery capacities.
An ACP-EU NDRR Program-funded technical assistance is also helping informing the recovery framework, making use of the Disaster Recovery Framework guidelines, jointly developed between the European Union, UNDP, the World Bank, and GFDRR.
For more information, please contact Edouard Ereño (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The ACP-EU NDRR Program supports the Government of Vanuatu in conducting Tropical Cyclone Pam Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA)
Further to an official request from the Government of Vanuatu (GoV), the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) are supporting the GoV Tropical Cyclone Pam (TC Pam) Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) which is co-funded by the ACP-EU NDRR Program. The PDNA is coordinated with the UN and the EU in the framework of the Joint Declaration on Post-Crisis Assessments and Recovery Planning. The objective of the PDNA is (i) to assess the socio-economic impact of TC Pam including quantifying the damage and loss in critical sectors of the economy (ii) to identify priority needs for critical sectors of the economy with a particular focus on resilient recovery and reconstruction activities with indicative costs where possible, (iii) to identify potential financing gaps and needs; iv) to review current Disaster Risk Management capacity and propose a strategy with measures to reduce risks and make all recovery disaster resilient. The assessment should provide credible estimates of the damage and loss in the most affected social, infrastructure and economic sectors and provide the basis for prioritizing recovery and reconstruction needs that will be developed in more detail in the medium term recovery assessment.
In addition, TC Pam has triggered an insurance payout of USD 1.9 million to the GoV under the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot, in the framework of the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI) which is also supported by the ACP-EU NDRR Program. This insurance payout will provide Vanuatu with rapid cash injection in the national budget.
For more information, please contact Edouard Ereño (email@example.com)
Progress on Reconstruction Activities in Ha’apai following Cyclone Ian in Tonga
The ACP-EU NDRR Program US $2M grant under Tonga Cyclone Ian Reconstruction and Climate Resilience Project (TCIRCRP) has contributed to the latest reconstruction efforts in providing houses to families who lost their homes due to the Tropical Cyclone Ian. An official ceremony was held on March 7, 2015 at ‘Uiha, Ha’apai to celebrate the ‘hand-over’ of six completed two-room cyclone houses. The Governor of Ha’apai, Hon Mo’ale Finau was the guest of honour. In addition, a one room cyclone house in Fangale’ounga was handed over ato the family who was in the non-vulnerable group whose house was fully destroyed during the cyclone. Moreover, on the last week of March, two more two room houses were handed over to the beneficiaries in ‘Uiha. The project team is anticipating more great news next month as more than twenty one-room cyclone houses and eight two-room cyclone houses will be expected to complete and handed over to the families next month. The repair and retrofitting works on the houses and community buildings in eighteen communities will commence next month.
World Disaster Risk Reduction Conference, Sendai, Japan
Over 8,000 people gathered in Sendai, Japan, on March 14-18 for the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction with the goal of launching a new international framework to guide implementation of disaster risk management efforts worldwide in years to come. Click here and here to read about World Bank Group and GFDRR's contributions to this conference.
A new publication on "Investing in Resilience"
Resilient development is smart development. Natural disasters are threatening development gains in most of the developing world. By investing in resilience, we can better manage climate and disaster risk to help end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.Click here to read the publication.
NEW ACP-EU NDRR Program video
The video highlights the importance of addressing DRR in ACP countries, the valuable partnership between the ACP Group of States, the EU and GFDRR/World Bank Group, and emphasizes some of the achievements and progress made so far. Click here to view the English version. Click here to view the French version.
2014 GFDRR Annual Report Released
The GFDRR Annual Report 2014: Bringing Resilience to Scale highlights progress and results achieved against GFDRR’s work plan from July 2013 to June 2014, and is organized according to its Five Pillars of Action: Risk Identification, Risk Reduction, Preparedness, Financial Protection, and Resilient Recovery. The report also captures a snapshot of the organization’s most successful disaster risk management initiatives, and showcases the role partnerships play in making GFDRR’s work possible at the local, national, and global levels. A special feature on ACP-EU NDRR Program can be found on page 77. To read the full report, click here.
New Project in the Solomon Islands to Help Rural Communities Better Manage Risks
The Community Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risk in Solomon Islands Project (CRISP) is funded through $1.8 million from the ACP-EU Program and a $7.3 million grant from the Global Environment Facility for Least Developing Countries. The project aims to address natural hazards and climate change risks by strengthening climate and disaster risk information and early warning systems, and direct community investments in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. It will also help integrate climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in government policies and operations. Beneficiaries will be in up to four provinces, primarily in rural areas, and will total approximately 79,000 people over the five year implementation period. Read more about this project here.