Disaster risk reduction

Philippines recoveryUNDP and partners assist communities in their recovery six months after Typhoon Haiyan. (Photo: Lesley Wright/UNDP Philippines.)

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.

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    Sep 19, 2014

    A 4-year project is working to increase the resilience of Samoa’s forests to climate change, and of the communities that depend on them.

  • Drones for social good
    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.

  • Haitian women rebuild their lives one brick at a time
    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.

  • Keeping the Caribbean safe
    May 23, 2017

    Marlon Clarke helps countries and communities manage risk -- so that natural hazards don't become disasters.

  • Travelling from coast to coast
    Oct 27, 2016

    Dorine coordinates a project that helps communities in coastal areas adapt to the effects of climate change.

  • How to save Mozambique from disasters
    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.

  • Keeping people safe from floods
    May 4, 2017

    Aida Hadzic-Hurem creates, implements and promotes UNDP’s projects that reduce the risk of disasters in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • How can data save lives in Asia Pacific?
    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.

  • Return of Colombia's wetlands
    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.

  • Building back better
    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.

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