Disaster risk reduction
While linked to natural hazards, such as storms or earthquakes, the actual impact of disasters is directly linked to poor development choices that increase vulnerabilities and expose people and communities to risk. By undertaking risk-informed and resilient development, decades of hard work and costly development gains can be protected, and lives and livelihoods can be saved.
Working with national and local governments, UNDP undertakes multi-layered capacity building to ensure that DRR is prioritized in good governance, and that the capacities, skills and resources are in place and ready to prevent, mitigate and prepare for disasters. Addressing both hydro-meteorological and geophysical hazards, UNDP’s team helps establish early warning systems, design evacuation routes, strengthen infrastructure, and enhance the policy and institutional spheres that guide and enable risk-informed development.
Since 2005, UNDP has supported dozens of countries to achieve the goals and ambitions of the Hyogo Framework for Action, investing, on average, $200 million across 60 countries annually. At the global level, UNDP is currently supporting global efforts to develop and launch a new, Post-2015 Framework for DRR.
Jul 11, 2017
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, UNDP and the Government of Maldives started flying drones across the islands to create three-dimensional maps and chart the topography of the terrain.
Jan 4, 2013
A UNDP-Government of Haiti initiative has registered more than 19,000 people who will be trained in disaster-resilient house building techniques.
May 23, 2017
Marlon Clarke helps countries and communities manage risk -- so that natural hazards don't become disasters.
Oct 27, 2016
Dorine coordinates a project that helps communities in coastal areas adapt to the effects of climate change.
Apr 27, 2017
Titus Kuuyuor advises the government of Mozambique on how to manage the risks of disasters, and how to adapt to the effects of climate change.
May 4, 2017
Aida Hadzic-Hurem creates, implements and promotes UNDP’s projects that reduce the risk of disasters in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
May 11, 2017
Shairi Mathur helps UNDP’s Country Offices to build programmes that reduce the risks associated with disasters, and manages the regional preparedness for recovery portfolio.
Jul 7, 2017
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 temperatures.
May 25, 2017
After 2016's 7.8 scale earthquake devastated the coastal area of Ecuador, UNDP's Emergency Community Work and Debris Management initiative was launched to rebuild lives and reduce future risk.
Oct 26, 2016
Camp Perrin used to be a lush city but after hurricane Matthew hit the country, around 2,300 houses were destroyed and thousands more damaged. Volunteers were the first ones out just a few hours after the catastrophe to help the stranded population.