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Technology to assess disaster damage

Even in this era of social media and digital technology, the tools most often used to assess disasters are…paper and pencils. With luck and at least a few months, the understandable part of those…  


Caribbean leaders launch ambitious plan to create the world’s first “climate-smart zone”

UNDP announced its support to Caribbean leaders gathered today during the launch of a new public-private coalition to create the world's first "climate-smart zone" to support the parts of the region…  


Post-hurricane needs assessment kicks off in Dominica

Following the colossal category 5 hurricane that decimated the Caribbean island nation of Dominica on 18 September a UN-wide Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) kicks off today, led by a senior UNDP…  


Now is the time to help Irma-affected people get back on their feet, UNDP

The most powerful hurricane ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean has battered several Caribbean islands, leaving Barbuda and St. Martins near “uninhabitable”, according to national authorities.…  


Small island, big results

The Sabana-Camagüey Ecosystem in the north of Cuba composes a mosaic of rich yet sensitive marine environments. To protect and preserve them, the establishment of partnerships between scientists,…  


Drones for social good

The Maldives, lowest lying country in the world formed by a chain of 1,200 island, is home to nearly 400.000 people. It also faces the threat of extinction due to climate change. To mitigate risks,…  


Japan pledges $1.5 million for tsunami awareness and disaster risk information in Asia-Pacific

Six years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Government of Japan has committed funding to UNDP to improve disaster risk information and carry out tsunami-awareness programmes in schools…  


Return of Colombia's wetlands

Climate change makes wetlands especially vulnerable to flood and drought. Colombia races to heal a vital ecosystem, thanks to forgotten native seeds more resistant to erratic rainfalls and high…  


Disaster risk reduction


Responding to disasters before they happen: Trainings build resilience in Myanmar’s Dry Zone

Daw Mi Mi Htun, of the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) in the Sagaing Region of Myanmar, used to think that the main responsibility of RRD revolved around responding to disasters and…  

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