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The World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery has published executive summaries of recent studies of building regulatory capacity assesment in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The research was led by the Univesity College London together with local partners.

The tropical Island Sri Lanka and the Maldives are both very exposed to natural hazards such as cyclones and coastal floodings. A strong trend towards urbanization can be observed in both countries. From an economic point of view, this can bring advantages, also for the living conditions of the population. The problem, however, is that agglomeration requires the rapid creation of living space. Those buildings are constructed rather provisionally than well engineered, which makes them very vulnerable to natural hazards. Furthermore, it can be expected that the frequency of these events will increase in the future due to climate change, so that building regulation frameworks become even more important.

You can find the research summary for Sri Lanka here and for the Maldives here

 

 

Young Professionals Promotion Prize "Preparedness 2030"

This is the second time that DKKV, in cooperation with the German Climate Foundation, has awarded the Young Professionals Prize to promote young talent. Once again this year, there was a large number of high-quality works, which were viewed and evaluated by the jury, consisting of Arne Dunker (Executive Board of the German Climate Foundation), Dr. Wolfram Geier (Executive Board DKKV/BBK), Dr. Kai Schröter (GFZ), Prof. Dr. Lothar Schrott (University of Bonn), Martin Zeidler (Executive Board DKKV/THW), Michael Zyball (Executive Board DKKV) and Frank Ehl.

After a detailed examination of all the work, Dominic Sett's work was particularly convincing due to its high relevance and the concrete proposals for implementation.

In the context of his master's thesis at the United Nations University (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, Dominic Sett dealt with the question to what extent social-psychological factors influence the implementation of rainwater harvesting as an adaptation measure to urban water scarcity for private households. These factors were examined using the example of a suburb of Cape Town in South Africa.

In addition to an extensive literature analysis, Dominic Sett Experts conducted interviews and household surveys in the investigated districts.

The investigations of his work showed that social-psychological factors significantly influence the acceptance of the use of the procedure among the population and can play a more important role than substantive arguments or findings.

The award ceremony will take place during the conference on disaster prevention on 28 October 2019 in Berlin.

After the numerous fires in France, Portugal and Croatia this summer, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) asked Prof. Johann Georg Goldammer for an interview. He is Director of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and a personal member of the DKKV. The interview covers a variety of topics, including trends in changing fire regimes, the impact of climate change on fire risks, vulnerabilities, or lessons learned from fires for prevention and collaboration.

The complete interview can be found here.

Bishkek/ Bonn 25th June 2015

The German National Platform for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) together with the National Platform for Disaster Reduction (DRR) of Kyrgyz Republic and the Ministry of Emergency Situations in Kyrgyz Republic (MES) presented results of the joint project, which aimed to enhance the capacity of the national platform for DRR through stronger coordination and collaboration with the national, sub-national, local and international stakeholders. The German Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development have funded the project approach. The outcome of the project presented that the National Platform for DRR, through intersectional synergies, could play a key role in coordinating disaster risk reduction and management on all levels in the future. More...

 Final Statement by the stakeholders of the closing event